King Salmon, Alaska

King Salmon is on the Naknek River in the Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska, where anglers come to fish for five species of salmon. The city serves as the main gateway to Katmai National Park. If you venture out there in June and July, you will see the scores of Alaskan brown bears who spend their summers along the Brooks River to partake in the mammoth salmon run.

You may spy bears playing on the beach, as your float plane from King Salmon comes into Brooks Camp. The viewing platform at Brooks Falls lets you safely watch these massive Alaskan coastal bears feasting on salmon. A van from Brooks Lodge can transport you 23 miles to the beautiful Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. This vast and rugged terrain of orange-yellow ash was created by the 1912 Novarupta eruption - the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

Get a hearty breakfast at Eddie's Fireplace Inn. King Salmon Lodge offers comfort, relaxation, good food, and mixed drinks after a day of fishing or exploring. Heart of the Shire serves up espresso, fresh cinnamon rolls, books - and Friday night spaghetti dinners where everyone comes dressed as a Knight.

Photo 2/3 Photographer: Kristen Kemmerling