48 wonders of the West

These national monuments and other treasures will make you fall in love with the West all over again

Top 9 National Monuments

Build a great vacation around a spectacular island, forest, cliff dwelling, canyon, fossil bed, tower, or volcano

National monuments: Admiralty Island, Alaska

Admiralty Island National Monument, Alaska

Everything you want from Alaska is here. Deep green old-growth forests (thanks to 100 inches of rain a year), rushing streams alive with salmon, a rugged coastline, and the largest collection of brown bears—AKA grizzlies—anywhere in the world.

In fact, one of the best places to see brown bears anywhere (from a safe distance) is at Pack Creek, on the island’s northern shore.

Admiralty Island is wild but it isn’t remote, just about 15 miles west of Juneau and reachable by boat and floatplane.  Tongass National Forest even has cabins you can rent; there are also wilderness lodges. More


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