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Wednesday, 01 May 2019

Out of this World: Visiting the Stunning Islands of Alaska

Written by Katlyn Grannis
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There are currently 2,670 named islands in Alaska and several unnamed islands that make up the largest state in America. Although they have a population of fewer than 800,000 people, twice as many people visit Alaska each year for business and pleasure. These islands are so large that many of the mountains found in Alaska are scattered among them. On the mountain tops you will find snow-covered peaks and inactive volcanoes. Beautiful little houses are nestled in the valleys where you can spend the night.

 

Chichagof Island

Chichagof is the fifth largest island in North America with its terrain ranging from snow-capped mountains to white sandy beaches. This island offers plenty of tourist options, from the small towns near the docks on the northeastern coast to the Ziprider – the world’s longest zip line. Visitors from all over the world come to watch the humpback whales at the many docks along the rugged coastlines and to explore the Archipelago Mountain Range. Like several of the islands around it, you will love the small town atmosphere and the cool summers.

 

Yakobi Island

Yakobi is considered a part of Tongass National Park. It has no permanent residents and today serves as a recreational island for fishers, hikers, and campers. The island is only accessible by boat or plane. The Trust of Public Land was responsible for the cleaning up of the island after the abandoned gold mines were signed over to them in 2001. The island is now a haven for hunters year-round and a conservation effort of the state.

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Afognak Island

Afognak currently lies abandoned, except for summer residents, just north of Kodiak Island. Prior to the earthquake of 1964, the island was a favored retirement home of Russian-Americans. Small houses used to litter the beach and sit on cliffs. The island is now home to a healthy seal population and offers plenty of opportunities for tourists to go sightseeing and fishing. Try bringing your fishing rod for either Salmon fishing in the rivers or salt water fishing along the shores.

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