Alaska: Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
This beautiful wildlife refuge occupies two-thirds of Kodiak Island in the Northern Gulf of Alaska. It's visited by people from all over the world due to its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. The refuge is home to approximately 3000 Kodiak bears, the largest of which can grow to be over 1,500 pounds. In addition to bears, you'll see Sitka deer, mountain goats, tundra voles, and red foxes -- not to mention seals, sea otters, sea lions, dolphins and whales.
You'll have to work hard to see all this beauty, however, as you can only get to the island by boat or floatplane. The ferry, which is part of the Alaska Marine Highway System, can be accessed from Seward or Homer. For more information on this wilderness refuge, call (907) 487-2600 or visit them on the web www.r7.fws.gov/nwr/kodiak/kodnwr.html