Watch the world's largest bears feed on Kodiak Island.
You know those dramatic images you often see in nature documentaries of bears frolicking in water as they hunt for salmon? Many of those were shot on Alaska's Kodiak Island, the second-largest American island after Hawaii. The best time to visit — which lies immediately southeast of the Alaska Peninsula — is from July to September during the annual salmon runs when Kodiak bears (a subspecies of brown bear) emerge from the verdant hills to hunt. Kodiaks can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and stand over 10-feet tall on their hind legs. Adventure outfitters offering trips to safely view them are largely based in the city of Kodiak, where flights from Anchorage arrive.