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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 my luggage to make sure the plane wasn't over weight.) They sat you in specific spots on the plane according to your weight to balance the flight. It was an amazing flight. We flew over picturesque scenery with lots of tiny "mini lakes" to get to Katmai. We camped there for 4 days. One day we took the bus to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and saw the remnants of the devastation done by the volcano. Very worthwhile!

4  Thank laurelboo
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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.

2  Thank Michaela B
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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 comparison. The walk down to the canyon was worth every step. The landscape made by the volcanic activity and the erosion of the river is spectacular. If you have the chance, by staying long enough, wait for a good weather day to make the trip-if they occur !!!!

1  Thank raypcox
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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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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 of the canyon, but beware, you hike back up that same trail. Uphill all the way.

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