South from Anchorage on the Seward Highway. Take the turnoff at about mile 91 for the Kenai Peninsula. Travel to Homer, and get on a float plane for your ride to the sanctuary. If you draw a permit, ADF&G is very good about giving you ALL the information you'll need, from who you can fly with, to what you need to bring. It's a very well run program, and I can't wait to apply for it again.
This is from a very close encounter with a Brown Bear at the McNeil River Bear Sanctuary in south central Alaska. This is a permit only area, with only about 300 permits awarded each summer. You are literally very close to brown bear in their natural habitat. You actually camp out in tents, IN bear country. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game runs the program and takes very good care of the campers. If you'd like to experience closeness with bears, I highly recommend applying for a permit. This is from the bank of Mikfik Creek, another of the small tributaries that run into Cook Inlet. I'd estimate we were about 20' away when this picture was taken. The bear is only intent on catching fish.