Part of the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire”, this region is dotted with volcanoes, home to Becharof and Izembek National Wildlife Refuges, Katmai National Park, McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, among many other natural splendours. Each year, dozens of rare bird species fly through Southwest Alaska on their migration route to summer in the Arctic. Moreover, don't miss the chance to see bears fishing for salmon at the top of a waterfall.
For more cultural discoveries visit Bethel, the hub of over forty Alaska Native villages on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Home of the largest rural community in Alaska with over 5,500 residents, still a marketplace for Eskimo ivory carvings, baskets and other craft items. The town’s Yupik Cultural Center features Native exhibits and demonstrations of dancing and carving.
When to visit
The tundra region to Alaska's Southwest has slightly warmer daily highs and about 18 hours of daylight in May, June and July. For these reasons, the best time to visit the region is surely during the summer, particularly in June and July.