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Alaska Fly-In: Katmai National Park
Witness a brown-bear salmon-feeding frenzy.

Photo: The grizzlies of Katmai go fishing.
The grizzlies of Katmai go fishing.

Each summer, Alaska's Katmai National Park becomes a veritable bruin Camelot as hundreds of Alaska brown bears parade through the park like royalty, glutting themselves on spawning sockeye salmon. Brooks Falls is the center of the action, where as many as 50 bears prowl a rushing flume of water, snagging salmon from the air as tourists watch from nearby observation decks. In the heart of the park, the historic Brooks Lodge (U.S. $1,357 for three days, including lodging, park fees, and airfare from Anchorage; www.nps.gov/katm) has 16 rustic cabins and rooms with heat and hot showers. If you're not feeling inclined to compete with the bears for your dinner, enjoy the fresh halibut or Alaska salmon served at the lodge's nightly buffet.

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Photograph by Chad Case/Accent Alaska

Additional Excerpts
From the print edition, August 2005

• Instant Alaska: Four explorer-worthy fly-in trips.
Hell-Bent for the Arctic: Emerging Explorer Kira Salak takes the ultimate Alaska bike trip
The Map of Us All: Geneticist Spencer Wells's plan to use DNA clues to retrace the origin of humankind
Stalking One Very Cool Cat: Writer Paul Kvinta searches for snow leopards in India
There & Back: Mountaineer Ed Viesturs summits Annapurna
Pelton's World: Our man on the scene explains why he travels alone


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