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Address: Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
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This area offers many hiking options.

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Great, but there are so many things to see in Alaska

We went there on our honeymoon 25 years ago, but skipped it on our second trip this year. There are so many things to see in Alaska that it probably isn't worth the time required.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
Wade L
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We went there on our honeymoon 25 years ago, but skipped it on our second trip this year. There are so many things to see in Alaska that it probably isn't worth the time required.

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South Carrollton, Ky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Very interesting step back in time to the 1912 volcanic eruption that was one of the least known & also the largest in history. A day-long trip by bus in the very back country of the Katmai national park but very, very interesting. Especially when the bus makes a river crossing. Wow. Can hike on the volcanic plain or stay... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We visited the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes on September 9, 2015. It was, unfortunately a rainey day so we did not go on the hike to the valley. Many others had substantial rain gear with them and did hike down. They all reported a positive experience. From Brooks lodge, there is a long road that goes through the park... More 

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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

Travelled with Ranger Chrystal on a converted school bus. Very informative en route. We saw three Lynx on the road in front of the bus within 30 mins which the driver himself could not believe. The views at the look out point were breath taking. The hike to the waterfall was easy as well as the walk to the river... More 

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Mackay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We really enjoyed it however you need to be fit . It is an 8 hour tour 90 minutes each way by bus and then 1000 feet walk down to falls but remember you have to walk up. groups of people vary from to 2 to 15 approx lunch is included . Eric was our guide and very good ,... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A wonderful excursion over and above the bears in Katmai. It is awesome to see how the volcano eruption has devastated such a wide area.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We had two days at Brooks Camp and so as we saw so many of the bears on the first day decided to do this on the second. It's not far to the valley (twenty something miles) but the bus goes quite slowly and so it takes a couple of hours with some stops along the way to experience the... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Took the bus tour to the Valley of Smokes from Brooks Camp. The cost was $90 per person and this included lunch. The tour was good, interesting geology and worth seeing. If I were only at Brooks Camp for 2-3 days I would probably focus on the bears only. The weather can be poor up at the Valley of Smokes,... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A place to visit in Katmai National Park. The tour and guide provided us with the details about the formation and history of this unique and dynamic area. For us Katmai is more than just bears at Brooks Fall

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Thank TravellingNature
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

What an incredible place. We were fortunate to have been flown in and experience the enormity and beauty of the Valley with no other persons present. I did not appreciate its place in Alaskan and Katmai history; our pilot shared the story - truly incredible! Brought home a few small 'pumice stones' to remind me of how small I felt... More 

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