Lonely Planet (UK) - - Secret Marvels -

More peo­ple ex­plore space each year than visit Aniakchak Na­tional Mon­u­ment in Alaska, a col­lapsed vol­canic crater that con­tains some of the rawest wilder­ness in North Amer­ica. Fresh off the an­gry Ber­ing Sea, wa­ter­falls of bil­low­ing cloud spill over Aniakchak’s steep crater rim dur­ing wet weather, adding a ghostly sheen to the ‘lost world’ of gi­ant bears and bar­ren tun­dra be­low. If you’re up for ad­ven­ture, you can back­pack into the crater us­ing sin­u­ous an­i­mal trails, be­fore white-water raft­ing out along the foamy Aniakchak River to the sea. Hik­ers will need fold­able kayaks, light­weight camp­ing equip­ment and lots of courage. Fly into the tiny set­tle­ment of Port Hei­den and hike from there. See

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