Bethel is the transportation center for dozens of Native villages in the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta and home to the Kuskokwim campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Surrounding the town is the 20-million-acre Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of the largest waterfowl breeding areas in North America.
To learn about the area and its inhabitants, visit Bethel's visitor center and the Fish and Wildlife Service's visitor center. Other activities include bird watching, river trips, walking tours, winter dog sledding and shopping for Native arts and crafts.