Nestled between the Pacific Ocean to the South and the Bering Sea to the North, Dutch Harbor’s position between Alaska’s mainland and Russia has endowed the port with a unique heritage and history as the only American port besides Pearl Harbor to be bombed during World War II.

Today Dutch Harbor is one of the richest fishing ports in the US, bringing in huge harvests of pollock, cod, and most famously, Alaskan king crab, as documented on the hit series Deadliest Catch. The vast marine life of this area attracts more than 40 million seabirds to the region, making Dutch Harbor a birder’s paradise. Bald eagles, short-tailed albatross, and horned puffins—all share the bounty of these waters with sea lions, sea otters, harbor porpoises, and humpback whales. Take a charter boat to see these majestic creatures for yourself, or take to the water in a sea-kayak for an up-close look.

Dubbed the birthplace of winds, not even Dutch Harbor’s occasional bout of foul weather can stop you from enjoying its beauty. There’s a ceaseless list of things to see and do. Hiking, mountain biking, and skiing are all viable options, and there’s no shortage of sightseeing. Visit the port’s most stunning example of architecture, a 17th century Russian Orthodox cathedral. Take a walk around Bunker Hill or mountain bike the trails around Sitka Spruce Park. Whatever way you choose to explore Dutch Harbor, it’s sure to be breathtaking.

Church of Holy Ascension

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Church of Holy Ascension

Church of Holy Ascension

A beautiful onion-domed cathedral that overlooks the bay, this Russian Orthodox church was completed in 1896 and is the oldest cruciform-style cathedral in North America. Today the cathedral is a National Historic Landmark that houses almost 700 pieces of art ranging from Russian Orthodox icons to 19th-century Alaskan paintings.

Aleutian World War II National Historic Area

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Aleutian World War II National Historic Area

Aleutian World War II National Historic Area

This National Historic area spans much of Dutch Harbor, including Fort Schwatka on Mount Ballyhoo, the highest coastal battery ever constructed in the US. Towering 1,000 feet above the Bering Sea, the battery’s more than 100 observation posts, command stations, and other structures—including many well-preserved gun mounts, tunnels, and bunkers—can still be seen today.

Sitka Spruce Park

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Sitka Spruce Park

Sitka Spruce Park

A national historic landmark, this park is the oldest recorded reforestation project in North America. Walk the park’s trails and see the tall Sitka Spruce planted by Russian settlers in 1805 and try to spy which three of the many gnarly spruces are the originals. There are multiple interpretive displays along the way and a beautiful panoramic cliff overlook.

Dutch Harbor, Alaska At a glance

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Current Time:
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Saturday, October 20
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Local Details:
GPS: 53°52'59.13"N 166°33'5.55"W
Size: 549.90 KM2 (212.32 MI2)
Population: 4,376
Density: 8 Pop/KM2 (3 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +1 (local dialing 907)

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