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National park tips: In Alaskan summer, they always leave the light on for you

The summer sun in Alaska's Katmai National Park doesn't set until around 11 p.m. In many areas, the only access is by boat and float plane.
The summer sun in Alaska’s Katmai National Park doesn’t set until around 11 p.m. In many areas, the only access is by boat and float plane.
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Don’t worry about running out of summer light in Katmai National Park & Preserve or anywhere else in in Alaska.

In July, the sun doesn’t set until about 11 p.m. -- leaving you more time to admire the roving bears, the swimming salmon, the vast scenery, the absence of any road back to civilization.

Even after sunset, the skies never seem to reach deep, dark night. This story and photos show you more.

In Katmai National Park, Alaska, up close with bears pursuing salmon »

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A visit to Katmai National Park in Alaska to see the coastal brown bear pursue salmon.

In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

Follow Reynolds on Twitter: @MrCSReynolds

See travel videos by Reynolds from around the world.

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