An often forgotten part of the Battle of Midway was the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands. Started as an attempt at diverting some of the US carriers north to Alaska. Dutch Harbor was bombed several days in a row and two islands further out the Aleutian chain were (Kiska and Attu) were occupied a few days later. Lots of military bunkers and other installations still remain along the Aleutians as the US military forces built a series of bases to defend the islands and get back Kiska and Attu..
Summer Bay is the most beautiful spot in Unalaska that I've found so far. It curves back away from the open sea, creating a small shoreline that extends either direction, both rugged and tranquil at the same moment. The sounds of the town fade away, and you're left with the pounding of the ocean. Eagles nest there, small wildflowers and berries abound. The bay actually tucks itself inside the land, forming what would normally be thought of as a lake but it is connected to the sea. There are few actual trails, but plenty of room to roam around and explore.
From Unalaska, take Summer Bay road past Priest Rock and around till you get to the bay. There is a small bridge that goes over the water as it streams into the ocean. Park and wander around.
Note: this land is controlled by the Ounalashka Corporation. A Land Use Permit must be obtained to use the area. You can find their office at 400 Salmon Way in Dutch Harbor. If someone stops you and you don't have a permit, you can generally pay for it right there. Permits are $6 per person, $10 per family.
Can't get much more off the beaten path by just coming here to Unalaska!
Something I really like about living here is that you can be completely alone by just hiking over any of the ridges that surround town. Unalaska / Dutch Harbor is a busy fishing port and it is stretched out close to the water over about 14 miles. But just turn inland and hike over the tundra covered hills for a few minutes and you are on your own. Silence. Scenic wonders. No bears!
Just remember to get a land use permit before you head out.
If you have a car you can drive out past Summer Bay to either Humpy Cove or Morris Cove. Either offer great beach strolls, streams for fishing, good camping spots (no facilities), and hiking over to Beaver Inlet.
Again, anywhere from Summer Bay and beyond requires a land use permit from OC.