People are said to project human behavior onto animals, explaining why stationary animals are the most sought-after backdrops for screening vacation slide shows. Create bear-based memories with today's Groupon: for $325, you get a scenic flight and bear-viewing tour at Katmai National Park from Alaska Bear Adventures in Homer (a $650 value).
The veteran staff of Alaska Bear Adventures taps years of collective wilderness experience to safely guide nature enthusiasts through Alaska's grizzly-bear territory. The day-long adventure commences onboard a Cessna 206 plane, where eager eyes soak up dazzling views of the glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and mountains below. The plane tour lasts 2.5 hours, during which time sightseers can contemplate the majesty of nature and the joy of squishing forests between a finger and thumb.
Once the sturdy airship reaches bear country, it descends upon the beaches of the Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks, home to about 3,000 grizzly bears. From there, the group ventures to a vantage point ideal for bear watching, shepherded by a knowledgeable guide trained in brown-bear safety. Oohs and ahhs fill the aural real estate as groups of grizzlies congregate on the coast below for salmon fishing, roughhousing, and debating the ideal temperature for porridge. While feasting on sack lunches from Boardwalk Bakery, sightseers can watch as bald eagles, foxes, and other wild critters frolic until the sound of Morgan Freeman whispering narration becomes almost audible.
Bear gapers are encouraged to bring layered clothing suitable for cool and wet weather, a daypack with water bottle, and a camera to capture the primal beauty of a fellow adventurer tearing into a bag lunch. Click here for a list of answers to other customer FAQs.