Your California Bucket List: A collection of new adventures and experiences in the Golden State for every day of 2017

4. Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Katmai became known for the ash flow remains preserved from the 1912 eruption of Novarupta volcano. It is also well known for its pristine waterways and abundant brown bears; the most recent survey documented more than 2,000 brown bears in the park. Visitors in 2009 (through August): 4,535 More info: Pictured: The Iliuk Arm of Nakbek watching over Lake Katmai
Robert Glenn Ketchum
Copyright © 2017, Los Angeles Times