Alaska For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 26, 2007 - Travel - 428 pages
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You’re in for a scenic, sensory treat! Alaska has 100,000 glaciers and 10 million lakes. Wildlife roams freely across vast spaces, unfettered by fences or roads. Opportunities to experience real wilderness and enjoy outdoor activities abound. You can’t see or do it all, but you can make the most of your time with this friendly guide that gives you the scoop on:
  • Anchorage, the gateway to Alaska, and nearby outdoor destinations
  • Road trips from Anchorage: The Kenai Peninsula, including Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai, and Homer; Fairbanks and its environs; Alaska’s long rural highways; and Denali National Park
  • Southeast Alaska, including Juneau, Skagway and Sitka
  • Bush Alaska, covering fascinating places in the Arctic
  • Options for visiting by cruise ship
  • Five great itineraries that touch on Alaska’s best destinations
  • The best places to see marine mammals, birds, humpback whales, black, brown, or polar bears, and other wildlife
  • The best gold rush towns, including Fairbanks, Juneau, Skagway, and Nome, where the free-wheeling frontier spirit abides today
  • Info on fishing, skiing, sea kayaking, dogmushing, hiking, and more
  • Accommodations, ranging from a luxury hotel to railroad cars to a romantic inn and spa

Like every For Dummies travel guide, Alaska For Dummies, 3rd Edition includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip
  • The best hotels and restaurants for every budget
  • Handy Post-it Flags to mark your favorite pages

Whether you want to get up close and personal (but not too close or too personal) with bears, explore the native heritage with its great totem poles, clan houses, and Iñupiat artwork, enjoy outdoor adventures, or just soak up the magnificent, unspoiled scenery, you’re on your way to a great Alaskan escape.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Introducing Alaska
4
The End of the Road and Beyond
5
Discovering the Best of Alaska
9
Digging Deeper into Alaska
15
Great Alaska Itineraries
37
Planning Your Trip to Alaska
47
Getting to Alaska
59
Seward
226
Homer
249
Fairbanks
261
Fairbanks
265
Driving Alaskas Highways
284
Alaska Highways
287
Denali National Park
298
Denali National Park
305

Getting Around Alaska
71
Cruising Alaskas Coast
83
Planning an Outdoor Adventure 107 Eight Ways to Get Killed in Alaskas Outdoors
107
Booking Your Accommodations 127 Getting to Know Your Options
127
Catering to Special Travel
133
Resources for Gays and Lesbians
139
Taking Care of the Remaining Details
140
Anchorage and Environs
153
Anchorage
162
Exploring Anchorage
177
Anchorage Attractions
180
Road Trips from Anchorage 219 Chapter 16 The Kenai Peninsula Seward Kenai
221
Juneau
323
Greater Juneau
327
Skagway
342
Skagway
345
Sitka
351
The End of the Road and Beyond
363
The Arctic
365
and Kodiak Island
376
Ten Great Walks and Hikes in Alaska
389
Ten Ways to Be an Alaska KnowItAll
397
Index
409
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About the author (2007)

Charles Wohlforth, a lifelong Alaskan, has been writing about his home as a journalist and author for more than 20 years. He is author of many books, including Frommer's Alaska, published by Wiley. Wohlforth received wide critical acclaim and numerous awards for his book The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change (North Point Press), which explores how Iñupiat Eskimos and scientists are learning about — and adapting to — global warming in the Arctic. Wohlforth lives in Anchorage with his wife, Barbara; sons, Robin and Joseph; and daughters, Julia and Rebecca. He welcomes readers to his Web site, www.wohlforth.net, which contains other writings and travel advice about Alaska and links useful for setting up a trip.
Cruise coverage for Alaska For Dummies, 3rd Edition, was compiled and written by Jerry Brown and Fran Wenograd Golden.

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