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Alaska For Dummies, 5th Edition

Alaska For Dummies, 5th Edition

Charles P. Wohlforth

ISBN: 978-0-470-88871-1

Mar 2011

456 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.
  • Our author, Charles Wohlforth, is a lifelong Alaskan who has been writing about his home as a journalist and author for more than 20 years. Wohlforth received wide critical acclaim for his environmental studies of Alaska.
  • Alaska For Dummies, 5th Edition gives you comprehensive coverage of America's Last Frontier and includes: Anchorage and road trips from Anchorage; 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; the top ten questions to ask an Alaskan, and more.
  • Like every For Dummies travel guide, Alaska For Dummies, 5th 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, and handy Post-it Flags to mark your favorite pages.

Introduction 1

Part I: Introducing Alaska 7

Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Alaska 9

Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into Alaska 15

Chapter 3: Deciding Where and When to Go 25

Chapter 4: Great Alaska Itineraries 35

Part II: Planning Your Trip to Alaska 45

Chapter 5: Managing Your Money 47

Chapter 6: Getting to Alaska 58

Chapter 7: Getting Around Alaska 69

Chapter 8: Cruising Alaska’s Coast 81

Chapter 9: Planning an Outdoor Adventure 110

Chapter 10: Booking Your Accommodations 134

Chapter 11: Catering to Special Travel Needs or Interests 140

Chapter 12: Taking Care of the Remaining Details 146

Part III: Anchorage and Environs 161

Chapter 13: Settling Into Anchorage 163

Chapter 14: Exploring Anchorage 184

Chapter 15: Side Trips from Anchorage 205

Part IV: Road Trips from Anchorage 223

Chapter 16: The Kenai Peninsula: Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai, and Homer 225

Chapter 17: Fairbanks 264

Chapter 18: Driving Alaska’s Highways 286

Chapter 19: Denali National Park 300

Part V: Southeast Alaska 325

Chapter 20: Juneau 327

Chapter 21: Skagway 347

Chapter 22: Sitka 356

Part VI: The End of the Road and Beyond: Bush Alaska 369

Chapter 23: The Arctic 371

Chapter 24: Bear Country: Katmai National Park and Kodiak Island 382

Part VII: The Part of Tens 395

Chapter 25: Ten Great Walks and Hikes in Alaska 397

Chapter 26: Ten Questions to Ask an Alaskan 401

Chapter 27: Ten Ways to Be an Alaska Know-It-All 405

Appendix: Quick Concierge 410

Index 415