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Bethel (Alaska)

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'''Bethel''' is a city in [[Alaska]]. It is the main hub for many of the surrounding native villages and the main port of the Kuskokwim River in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Bethel is one of the largest cities in Alaska, its also home to the K-300 dogsled race[http://www.k300.org] and Cama-I[http://bethelarts.com/], the largest Native Arts festival in Alaska. ==Understand==
==Get In==
The only practical way into Bethel from outside the immediate area is by air, and Bethel is served by a number of daily flights from Anchorage. Alaska Airlines [http://www.alaskaair.com] has morning, afternoon, and evening flights, with Era Alaska [http://www.flyera.com] adding additional flights in the morning and afternoon.
 
==Get around==
You can take taxis even out on the river in the winter, buses, you can walk, snow-machines, cars, four-wheeling.
 
===By plane===
 
The state-owned Bethel Airport is the regional transportation center, and is served by seven passenger carriers, including Alaska Airlines, Grant Aviation, Hageland Aviation Services, Yute Air and Frontier Flying Service. It also receives service from five cargo operators: Everts Air Cargo, Northern Air Cargo, Alaska Central Express, Arctic Transportation Services, and Lynden Air Cargo, and numerous small air taxi services including Renfro's Alaskan Adventures. The airport ranks third in the state for total number of flights. It offers a 6,400 foot asphalt runway and 1,850 foot gravel crosswind runway, and is currently undergoing a $7 million renovation and expansion. Three float plane bases are nearby: Hangar Lake, H Marker Lake, and the Kuskokwim River.
 '''Cabs'''===By taxi===
Bethel has more cabs per capita than any other city in the United States. Due to the dependance of many residents and visitors on cabs, and the high cost of transportation, cab fee maximums are mandated by the City of Bethel, corresponding roughly to the distance of the trip. Rides within the central area of town are $5, to or from the Tundra Ridge subdivision are $7, to or from the Airport is $7, and trips to the Kasayuli Subdivision are $10.
Something important for visitors to Bethel to know is that cab rides in Bethel are often a “communal” "communal" experience. While riding in a cab from the airport into the main part of town, for example, the cab driver may get a call to pick up another fare in Blueberry Subdivision. While potentially uncomfortable for the shy traveler (or if the cab gets too crowded), this is actually a great way to meet people in Bethel.
These are numbers for the taxi services in Bethel
Kusko * <listing name="Alaska Cab – 543" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+1-2169 Alaska Cab 907- 543-2111 Quyana Cab - 543-5454" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="City Cab " alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+1-907-543-4141" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
Taxi * <listing name="Kusko Cab " alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+1-907-543-51992169" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="Quyana Cab" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+1-907-543-5454" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="Taxi Cab" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+1-907-543-5199" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
'''Public Transit'''===By public transit===
A more recent addition to Bethel's transportation options is the city bus. At $2 a ride for adults, many Bethel residents are finding the bus to be a more economical transportation option than cabs when time is not an issue. Routes have been expanded recently to include most of the town, and a slightly out-of-date route map and schedule can be found here.[http://cityofbethel.org/vertical/Sites/%7B86032ACB-92B0-4505-919A-3F45B84FECD9%7D/uploads/%7BF162A35F-F413-4CDC-8BF7-5047B8EBB732%7D.PDF]
==See==
* The Kuskokwim River: as one of the largest rivers in Alaska it offers some great views and activities.
-* The Kuskokwim RiverBethel Art Guild: as one This local attraction is a great showcase of local art. located near the largest rivers in Alaska it offers some great views and activitieslocal Moravian Church.
-The Bethel Art Guild* BIA Buildings: This A popular local attraction is a great showcase group of local artabandoned buildings. located near the local Moravian ChurchWhile it is illegal to go into them they are still an interesting sight to see.
-BIA Buildings* White Alice: A popular local attraction is a group Cold War era radio towers that were put up all around Alaska, Recently, the air force/national guard have been systematically taking them down all across the state. Up until recently Bethel had one of abandoned buildings. While the few remaining White Alice's in the state, but alas it is illegal was doomed to go into them they are still an interesting sight to seebe taken down. Photo link below: http://lh4.ggpht.com/-v_WX9AOxlMM/S0D5Y4DsZ6I/AAAAAAAAEk8/d72qKMwis38/scan0278It is currently being disassembled.jpg
- White Alice* Bethel Dumpsters: Cold War era radio towers that were put as a unique community activity a number of years ago the city decided to spice up all around Alaska, Recently, the air force/national guard have been systematically taking them down all across the statestreets a bit by painting dumpsters in each neighborhood. Up until recently Bethel had one of the few remaining White Alice’s in the state, but alas it was doomed They are definitely an interesting sight to be taken down. It is currently being disassembled. Photo link below: http://media.photobucket.com/image/white%20alice%20bethel%20ak/warptman/2010/IMG_3222Largesee.jpg
- Bethel Dumpsters* Skate park: as a unique community activity a number of years ago See the city decided to spice up farthest west skate parks in the streets a bit by painting dumpsters in each neighborhood. They are definitely an interesting sight to see.http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/targets/ha2010/PDFs/Volume%202/07_DumpstersUnited States.pdf
-Skate park: See the farthest west skate parks in the United States.==Do==
==Do==* Salmon fishing
We will write* Hunting: ·Commercial Fish For Salmonmoose, caribou, ptarmigan, geese, ducks, rabbits, bears. Best hunting spots: Northeast of Bethel, Behind the Bethel Airport by about a mile.
-Go Hunting* Kuskokwim 300: mooseIn the winter, caribou, ptarmigan, geese, ducks, rabbits, bears. Best hunting spots: Northeast you can go dog sledding & compete in Bethel’s annual Kuskokwim 300 were you race to the village of Bethel, Behind Aniak & back to the city of Bethel Airport by about with a dog team & a milerace sled. Also you can go to the town’s basketball games during the high school basketball season.
-Kuskokwim 300* Pinky's Park: In the winterit used to be a small park for kids, you can still go dog sledding & compete in Bethel’s annual Kuskokwim 300 were you race to the village of Aniak & back place where it used to be, some remains are still there, it is unknown when it was taken down. It used to the city of Bethel with be a dog team & hangout spot for a race sled. Also you can go lot of teenagers and then it became the cities most hazardous spot due to muffed up teenagers going there to the town’s basketball games during the high school basketball seasondo some bad stuff.
-Pinky’s Park: it used to be a small park for kids, you can still go to the place where it used to be, some remains are still there, it is unknown when it was taken down. It used to be a hangout spot for a lot of teenagers and then it became the cities most hazardous spot due to muffed up teenagers going there to do some bad stuff.http://www.youtube.com/user/carlinlupie#p/a/u/2/4f3nqTb7aX4People like to ride * BMX. There are really good bikers at the skate park. Some aren’t so good and some are great.
==Buy==
 
Native Crafts from the locals, usually to be found peddling their wares at the hospital. Don't buy groceries; you won't see much change from $10 if you buy a gallon of milk
==Eat==
Dimitris is a good bet; great * <eat name="Dimitri's Restaurant" alt="" address="281 4th Ave" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Great subs. also the </eat>* The cafe by the airport is good for a greasy breakfast & watching the planes/pilots. And subway has * <eat name="Subway" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Has $8 footlongs.</eat>
==Drink==
 
It is now legal to buy and serve alcohol however Bethel has not issued any liquor licenses. So you can either have some flown in from Anchorage or buy some on the black market in which you'll be spending some real cash.
==Sleep==
Try the longhouse* <sleep name="The Long House" alt="" address="751 3rd Ave" directions="" phone="+1-907-543-4612" tollfree="+1-866-543-4613"email="" fax="" url="http://www.longhousebethel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
==Get out==
Take a flight back to Anchorage on Alaska Airlines [http://www.alaskaair.com] or Era Airlines 
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