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Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
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Type: Valleys, Volcanos
Activities: Hiking
Description: This area offers many hiking options.
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Tipp City, Ohio
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127 reviews 127 reviews
61 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

For our 30th wedding anniversary we spent a month traveling all over Alaska. This park was definitely a highlight. It was rather expensive, but SO worth it. We took a plane from Anchorage to King Salmon and then a small float plane from King Salmon to Katmai. (Worst thing for me was the embarrassment of having to weigh me and... More

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Gotland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Nice hike down the valley, ranger explains about vulcanic activities and the history of the area. Interesting. Im a bit spoilt growing up in the Swiss alps. Walk up hill again might be a bit tough for elderly people.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We took the day trip from Brooks Lodge but the scenic views were hampered by poor visibility due to low cloud. The low cloud also restricted the views of the volcano, but we saw enough to wonder at the magnitude of the eruption which filled the whole valley. Eruptions in recent history, such as Mount St Helens were miniscule in... More

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Oakland, Oregon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We did a flight over the cauldron. Anyone intrested in geology would find this spectacular. The weather could have been better providing a bigger view, but it was fantastic.

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Anchorage, AK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great add-on to your bear viewing trip to Brooks Lodge. See what made this a National Park to begin with. It's a whole day drip - bus drive - hike - return drive. The bus ride has some terrific scenery, but the Valley of the Ten Thousand Smokes is really special. Be sure to take the hike to the bottom... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

From the camp we boarded a bus and drove along a scenic dirt road. The scenery was lovely and on two occasions we had to drive through a river bouncing around over the rocks. A stop at a viewing point afforded us great views of the surrounding mountains and the ranger explained the eruption. Arriving at the valley we had... More

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Maybrook, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Wife and I decided to break up our time at brooks by heading out to the valley of 10,000 smokes. Was a nice day, ranger was very knowledgeable. I found it to be very interesting. Enjoyed the hike down to the valley floor. If you are not if decent shape or have bad knees you might want to pass on... More

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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

A nice way to spend a day at Brooks. Beautiful scenery, relaxing drive, yummy lunch (I believe you have the option to bring your own.... but we opted for the one you could pay for). I highly recommend the hike to the falls. It's 1.5 miles each way with an 800-900' elevation change and it's downhill on the way to... More

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New York, NY
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

During our stay at Brooks Camp, we took the bus to Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. It was a relaxing trip with lots of stops for photo ops. We were provided sandwiches and then had the option to go for a group hike or individual. We opted to race down the valley on our own and were met on numerous... More

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Davidson, North Carolina
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194 reviews 194 reviews
101 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

This is a good morning trip and a beautiful ride into the heat of the park. If you like a great hike, you got it with this gig. Ride upfront in the bus.

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