Kodiak, Alaska...also known as Alaska's Emerald Isle or "The Rock." Second largest island in the United States and the largest one in Alaska, home to some of the world's largest brown bears, and the location of one of the nation's biggest Coast Guard bases.
Old Harbor, Kodiak Photograph by George F. Mobley Snug outpost, Old Harbor—population 298—nestles beneath sheltering peaks. On Kodiak [Island] nearly everyone fishes, including the island's huge brown bears, which roam a renowned wildlife refuge. —From "Kodiak: Alaska's Island Refuge," November 1993, National Geographic magazine