Aleutian World War II National Historic Area


The Aleutian World War II National Historic Area encompasses the historic footprint of the U.S. Army base Fort Schwatka. Located on Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Island Chain of Alaska, the fort was one of four coastal defense posts built to protect Dutch Harbor (the back door to the United States) during World War II, the fort is also highest coastal battery ever constructed in the United States. Visitors to the area may explore the remaining structures and ruins, and sense the scope of the War effort mounted in the Aleutians to protect the United States from the Japanese invasion.


Seasonality / Weather

The best time to visit the park is May through October, but the park is open year-round. Camping is prohibited. In the summer the historic area can be reached via an unimproved gravel switchback road from the city of Unalaska. In the winter you will need snowshoes or skis. Dress for the weather during all seasons by making sure you have warm, water proof clothing!



The park is located on Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Island chain. The island is located 800 miles west of Anchorage. Visitors wishing to travel to Homer via vehicle will need to use the Seward and Sterling Highways, and then can go to Unalaska from the Alaskan mainland to access the ferry system from the Homer ferry terminal.


The island can be reached by commercial or charter air flights from Anchorage. Commercial flights to Unalaska include Pen Air, Era, Alaska Airlines or Grant Aviation.