A great way to see and learn more about Unalaska is to take a tour with either Bobby at Extra Mile Tours or Patty with A.L.E.U.T. Tours. Both have excellent knowledge of local history, birds, flora, WWII, etc. Both usually can include the major attractions or customize your tour to whatever interests you.
Cost varies depending on length of tour and how many attraction admissions need to be paid.
The National Park Service and the local native corporation. O.C., have redone the original WWII Aerology Building and created a great visitor's center that focuses on the Aleutian Campaign of WWII, the bombing of Dutch Harbor by the Japanese in 1942, the relocation of the Unangan people to SE Alaska and their return 3 years later.
Summer Hours (June - Sep) are:
Tue-Thu 1PM - 6PM
Fri -Mon 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Thu-Sun 1PM - 6PM
Closed Mon - Wed
Plan on few hours to read thru the all the well done displays. Also show historic films in theater.
Also part of the Center, the bunkers, tunnels and remaining WWII structures up at Fort Swatka on Mount Ballyhoo are available for viewing. The view of the Bering Sea from up there is one of my favorite spots.
We all have our secret berry patches that we return to each year, but they are easy to find even without a guide. Just head up into the hills. Salmon berries best July-August and blue berries from August to October.
Don't forget to get a land use permit from Ounalashka Corp.
From easy strolls to challenging mountains, Unalaska is surrounded with fantastic places for hiking. Hike up Mount Ballyhoo for a great view of town. Walk the 10,000 year old trail to Beaver Inlet. No bears! Hardly any bugs!
Be sure to get a land use permit from Ounalashka Corporation before setting off. $15 per family.
This church is the best known landmark in Unalaska and is a another must see when in town. Started in 1826 under Father Veniaminov (St. Innocent), the current structure was completed in 1896. The largest Russian Orthodox church in Alaska, it is filled with 120 priceless icons.
It is still an active church with over 200 members so remember to remove your hat inside and no photos are allowed inside.
The church is open for visitors a half hour before services - 6:00PM Saturday & 9:00AM Sunday. Donations appreciated.
The small town centre of Dutch Harbour offers some supply stores, hotels and also restaurants. Art from the Aleutians can be found here and one can clearly see what the main income of these islands is.
Having sailed in the waters from Siberia across to Dutch Harbour it is quiet amazing to see the size of the small trawlers bringing in all the fish – since the ocean up here is anything else but calm.
Bird-watchers from around the world know that the Aleutian Islands are a "must see" in searching out rare species. The island is a birder's paradise, maintaining one of the worlds most heavily populated eagle habitats, as well as a profusion of seabirds, and the rarely seen whiskered auklet.
2002 marked the opening of Unalaska's brand new WWII Interpretive Center. Located in the historic Aerology Building, the Center displays relics and visual aides, screens films, and holds occasional talks and events.
The Church Of the Holy Ascension – The Church was constructed during the years from 1894 to 1896. It is one of the grandest churches in Alaska, with three altars, a nave, two side chapels, a sanctuary, and a bell tower, all arranged in a cruciform plan. The building culminates in a cupola and onion dome over the nave and a second cupola and onion dome over the three story bell tower.
Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Aleutian Islands at this museum located near Illulluk Harbor.
As with many native museums un Alaska, this museum is living history. The native people keep their culture alive by passing it down to their children.
The museum also sponsors archaeological digs which are a popular way to learn about the native culture.
June 1 to September 30
Monday to Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m.
October 1 to May 30
Tuesday to Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday
Admission is $4
Dutch Harbor was bombed in June of 1942. Learn more about the military campaign known as the "1,000 mile war" at the Aleutian WWII Visitor Center.
The battle in the Aleutians and the evacuation of the Unangan people is not known by many people in the USA.
The military has had a huge impact on Alaska. Learn more.
Locals say Dutch Harbor is the water, and Unalaska is the land. A cab ride to Un is about $5 per person for a vanload. I am keeping the two destinations seperate, please visit my Unalaska page for information on the village. In reality the two are inseperable and the visitor would not know the differance.
You need to go fishing, Monster Halibut await in the waters nearby. By getting out on the water you can see what the locals spend there life doing and perhaps get an understanding of why.
You can hike around the island, check out the bunkers used by American GIs in WWII to fend off the Japenese whom occupied islands nearby. They look nearly identical to the ones Germans used along the coast of France.
Tour the fishing docks where many of the fishing and crab boats dock to unload their catch. A friendly captain or crew are never in short supply to show you around. If your lucky enough to tour one of the fisheries -try it.