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Birding in Alaska
Steller sea lions in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Birds aren't the only residents in Kenai Fjords National Park. Here, Steller sea lions lounge on the coast. (courtesy, Kenai Fjords Tours)

9. Birding in Alaska
Nowhere does great birdwatching have a more spectacular backdrop than in Alaska. And you don't need to venture far from downtown Anchorage; go to Westchester Lagoon to see nesting red-necked grebes and shorebirds galore. The best spot, says Audubon Alaska's Lorelei Costa, is the mudflats along the two-mile stretch of the Coastal Trail just south of the lagoon.

For a more secluded experience, Costa recommends Kenai Fjords National Park, where a kayak or motorboat transports you to an avian extravaganza of species from Kittlitz's Murrelets to Bald Eagles. Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is an eco-friendly mom-and-pop lodge (plus cabins) with glacier views so stunning you'll be showing off your photos forever. Prices start at $475 per person and include room, meals, and boat tours.

Check out's Birdwatching Guide for more great destination ideas.

Published: 7 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 27 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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