The city of Kotzebue is located at the end of the Baldwin Peninsula on the Kotzebue Sound, 26 miles from the Arctic Circle. Originally settled by the Inupiat people, it was used as a trading center for hundreds of years, not only for local surrounding villages but also for Russian Fur Traders who made their way there. The largest city in the Northwest Arctic Borough, Kotzebue has a population of just over 3,000 people and still serves as a major supply hub for surrounding villages, as well as being the gateway to Kobuk Valley National Park.
While Kotzebue is a modern town in many ways, subsistence hunting and fishing are still a big part of life here. Dogsled and snow machine are normal modes of transportation in the winter months. Tourists come regularly in the summer months to seek out the experience of life in the far north.
Accessible via plane from Anchorage, there are tours available that take travelers into Kotzebue and explore the area. Visitors can go to the NANA Museum of the Arctic, which features live demonstrations of Native Alaskan life and information on the history and natural resources of the region. There are also tours available that go into the Kobuk Valley National Park and tundra walks that take visitors out into the natural beauty of the wilderness. Lodging and restaurants are fairly limited, but guests will still find all the modern amenities of home.
For more information on visiting Kotzebue check out the Kotzebue Alaska section of our Alaska Travel Guide.
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