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Dutch Harbor Alaska

Dutch Harbor Alaska

Dutch Harbor, on the island of Unalaska, was originally inhabited by the Unangan, or Aleut people. Part of the Aleutian chain, Russian traders coming into the area created a heavy Russian influence that can be seen today. Dutch Harbor was also the only place in North America, aside from Pearl Harbor, that was bombed by the Japanese during World War II.

Fishing and crabbing has always been an important part of life for Dutch Harbor residents and is still a huge part of the economy. The crabbing fleet here is featured in the television series, "Deadliest Catch" and Dutch Harbor has produced the largest volume of seafood caught almost every year since the early 1980's.

Without a doubt, sport fishing is one of the main activities sought by visitors, with a wide array of charter outfits available for booking. Other attractions in the area include birding tours, whale watching, hiking and kayaking. There are several hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts to choose from, and plenty of shopping and dining options.

For more information on visiting Dutch Harbor check out the Dutch Harbor Alaska section of our Alaska Travel Guide including Dutch Harbor Activities & Trips and Dutch Harbor Lodging.

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