Welcome to the State of Alaska

Brooks Falls is a must for grizzly Bears for any wildlife photographer.  To get a reservation at Brooks Lodge is very hard.  You need to do this a couple of years in advance.  You would fly from Anchorage to King Salmon then to the beach at Brooks Falls by plane or boat.  There are only 14 cabins.  There are campsites that are easier to get reservations for.  The McNeil River, Catmai National Park, Pack Creek on Admiralty Island, and Anan Creek are also area's for bears.

Alangnak Wild River, King Salmon Alaska

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, King Salmon Alaska

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Nome Alaska

Cape Krusenstern National Monument Kotzebue Alaska

Denali you will need to take a bus in the park.  The shuttle buses go from Savage River Ranger Station mile 14 to Eielson Visitor Center at mile 66 and to Wonder Lake mile 86.  Make reservations for the buses early so you don’t have to be on the waiting list for one or to days.  The buses run from May thru September and leave the visitors center a few times an hour.  The bus drivers are a great source of information.  A lot of wildlife can be photographed from the bus.  Arrive early for your bus so you can get in line to get a prime bus seat, near the front of the bus.  If you want to get off the bus just ask the driver to let you off.  After you are done shooting flag down the next out going buses only, you may have to wait awhile.  The buses can’t stop any closer than ¼ mile from a bear and 150 yards from other wildlife.  The first 15 miles of the road is good for moose.  Savage Rock is good for pikas and marmots.  Primrose ridge mile 17 is good for Dall sheep.  There is a resident wolf pack on the Teklanika River.  A good place for Bears is between Polychrome Pass and Eielson.  Wonder Lake is good for moose and beavers, also morning and evening shots of Denali.  There are lots of mosquitoes.  There is a campground at Wonder Lake but make reservations early.  If you stay at the entrance to the park you will have a 72 mile bus ride to Wonder Lake.  You can stay at Kantishna Lodge mile 97.  If you could afford to stay at camp Denali at mile 90 they have a shuttle to take you places.  One of the best times to visit the park is first of September.  The fall colors are at there peak.  On the Parks Highway mile 134.7 is a parking area that on a clear day is the best view of Mount McKinley.  Don't forget to get the moon in the shot.  At mile 76.4 Lake Kashwitna will provide a nice refection.  On the Parks Highway at mile 136 is the best place for pictures of Mckinnley

Gates of the Arctic Nation Park and Preserve Fairbanks Alaska

Glacier Bay Nation Park and Preserve, Juneau/Gustavus Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward Alaska.  To tour this park you will need a boat.  We took a boat tour and saw whales, birds, Glaciers.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway Alaska

Kobuk Valley National Park Kotzebue Alaska

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve Anchorage Alaska

Noatak National Preserve, Kotzebue Alaska

Sitka National National Historical Park, Sitka Alaska

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Copper Center Alaska

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Eagle Alaska

Alaska Martime National Wildlife Refuge, Homer Alaska

Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge, King Salmon Alaska

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Fairbanks Alaska

Becharof National Wildlife Refuge, King Salmon Alaska

Innoko National Wildlife Refuge, McGrath Alaska

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Cold Bay Alaska

Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge, Fairbanks Alaska

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Soldotna Alaska

Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Kodiak Alaska

Koyukuk/Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge, Gelena Alaska

Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, Kotzebue Alaska

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, Tok Alaska

Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Dillingham Alaska

Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Bethel Alaska

Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, Fairbanks Alaska

Katmai National Monument Brooks Falls where the Bears eat salmon coming up the river..

Bald eagle photography.  Haines has about 3000 eagles during the winter months from Oct. - Feb.  The Stikine River in April.  All of the salmon streams during the salmon run all have eagles.  In Homer the Homer Spit is a great spot for eagle.

Dall sheep migrate between the Alaska Range and theOuter Range, during late August and early September they can usually found in the Cathedral Mountain, Igloo Mountain, Highway Pass, and Primrose Ridge.

Sitka, is absolutely charming.  Saint Michael's Cathedral is on Lincoln Street and Cathedral Way.  Whale Park and Indian River Trail are very scenic; Mount Edgecumbe.  Check at the New Archangel Russian Dancers.

Seward Highway is very scenic.

Homer has 4 volcanos and many glaciers in the background.

Ninilchik, a former Russian community.  There's some great shots in the old village, Orthodox Church, and Mt. Iliamna on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Kenai has a Russian Orthodox Church and some old buildings for the army post.

Copper River Delta Between late April and May for shorebirds.  This is also a great area for other wildlife. Copper River Highway has many glaciers that can be photographed from the road.  At Million Dollar Bridge at the end of the Copper River Highway you can photograph Childs Glacier calving into the Copper River.

Kennecott Copper Mine ruins, once the largest copper mine in the U.S.

Exit Glacier and walk out to the glacier

Alyeska Resort take the tram to the top of the mountain and view 7 glaciers

Eagle River Nature Center.

Talkeetna nice little town.

Hatchers Pass north of Palmer has great flowers.

Portage glacier and explore the whole Portage Glacier valley


Harding Icefield hike

Anan Reserve nice for bears

Drive North of Anchorage on the Glenn Hiway to Matanuska Glacier many photo ops.

Glen Alps off of Omalley Rd. for an incredible view of Anchorage at sunset

Kluane Game Sanctuary

The Bald Eagles of Haines in November

Mendenhall Glacier

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