4. Katmai National Park and Preserve - Southwestern Alaska, USA

One of the greatest locations in the Northern hemisphere to observe animals is in the Alaskan wilderness. While there are a great variety... more 
4. Katmai National Park and Preserve - Southwestern Alaska, USA

One of the greatest locations in the Northern hemisphere to observe animals is in the Alaskan wilderness. While there are a great variety of animals to be found in the Southwest area of Alaska, visitors to Katmai National Park and Preserve are usually on the lookout for brown bears. According to the parks website, the brown bear population at Katmai National Park and Preserve was recently estimated at over 2,100 bears. Brown bears are particularly attracted to the salmon runs that occur at Brooks Falls during the summer, so a great time to spot them is from late June thru mid-July and September, although they can be present anytime between May thru December. Since there is no road access to the King Salmon (the park headquarters), visitors must fly into the park. In addition to hiking, kayaking, and observing the wildlife, Katmai National Park is a very popular spot for sport fishing. less 
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