A black bear at the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory.
Michael Hanson / Auro/© Michael Hanson / Auro
Bears are among the most iconic animals you’ll see while exploring Alaska’s wilderness. They are especially common during the salmon season, when they go fishing at rivers and creeks like Margaret Creek—about 20 minutes from Ketchikan by floatplane. Another prime spot for bear-watching is the Anan Wildlife Observatory, a permit-only area that has a viewing platform and a photo blind where you can have the unique opportunity to spot both black and brown bears at the same time.