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