Frommer's Alaska 2010

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  • Our expert author lets you know your best bets for spotting wildlife, catching salmon or halibut, and getting up-close-and-personal with glaciers. Plus, detailed information on Alaska’s most scenic drives and where you can go to interact with Native people and culture.
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Overview

  • Completely updated every year, Frommer's Alaska features gorgeous color photos of the sights and experiences that await you.
  • Our expert author lets you know your best bets for spotting wildlife, catching salmon or halibut, and getting up-close-and-personal with glaciers. Plus, detailed information on Alaska’s most scenic drives and where you can go to interact with Native people and culture.
  • Our cruise experts break down the variety of Alaska cruises, from the debate between small versus large boats to who you can expect to be sailing with when you choose a particular cruise line.
  • Plus, the best scenic drives along Alaska's highways, a guide to exploring Denali and Kenai Fjords national parks, "when, where and how" for viewing bears, whales, and other wildlife and insider advice on getting the most out of your Alaska cruise experience
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470497739
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/7/2010
  • Series: Frommer's Complete Series , #819
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Wohlforth is a lifelong Alaskan who has been a writer and journalist since 1986. Wohlforth lives in Anchorage with his wife, Barbara, sons Robin and Joseph, and daughters Julia and Rebecca. Due this spring from St. Martin's Press is his book The Fate of Nature, which explores the history, ecology, and anthropology of Prince William Sound. His previous book, winner of the Los Angeles Times book prize, is The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change (North Point Press, $14). Wohlforth can be reached through his website, www.wohlforth.net.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps.

1 THE BEST OF ALASKA.

The Best Views.

The Best Alaska Cruises.

The Best Glaciers.

The Most Beautiful Drives & Train Rides.

The Best Fishing.

The Best Bear Viewing.

The Best Marine Mammal Viewing.

The Best Encounters with Native Culture.

The Best Museums & Historic Sites.

The Best Winter Destinations.

The Strangest Community Events.

The Best Hotels.

The Best Websites.

2 ALASKA IN DEPTH.

Alaska Today: What It Means to Be Alaskan.

Alaska’s Political Earthquake.

Natural History: Rough Drafts & Erasures.

History: Scenes on an Oversize Stage.

THE IDITAROD.

Books, Film & TV.

Alaska Cuisine: Fresh Fish Special.

3 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO ALASKA.

When to Go.

ALASKA CALENDAR OF EVENTS.

Money & Costs.

NATIVE ART: FINDING THE REAL THING.

Getting There & Getting Around.

ALASKA BY THE NUMBERS.

Escorted Tour or Do-It-Yourself?

Planning an Outdoor Vacation.

A SALMON PRIMER.

Entry Requirements.

Travel & Rental-Car Insurance.

Health & Safety.

4 SUGGESTED ALASKA ITINERARIES.

Southeast Alaska in 1 Week.

Two National Parks in 1 Week.

A 2-Week Grand Loop.

A Week in Alaska with Kids.

A Week of Alaska Winter Sports.

Exploring Southeast Alaska.

Ketchikan: On the Waterfront.

FAST FACTS: KETCHIKAN.

MAJESTIC MISTY FJORDS.

Wrangell.

FAST FACTS: WRANGELL.

Petersburg: Unvarnished Threshold to the Outdoors.

FAST FACTS: PETERSBURG.

Sitka: Rich Prize of Russian Conquest.

FAST FACTS: SITKA.

Juneau: Forest Capital.

FAST FACTS: JUNEAU.

WALKING TOUR: JUNEAU.

A DAY TRIP TO TRACY ARM.

Glacier Bay National Park.

Gustavus: Country Inns & Quiet.

Haines: Eagles & the Unexpected.

FAST FACTS: HAINES.

Skagway: After the Gold Rush.

FAST FACTS: SKAGWAY.

7 ANCHORAGE & ENVIRONS.

Essentials.

FAST FACTS: ANCHORAGE.

Where to Stay.

Where to Dine.

What to See & Do.

WALKING TOUR: DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE.

Getting Outside.

Shopping.

Anchorage Nightlife.

Side Trips to Turnagain Arm & Portage Glacier.

TIDAL WAVE.

Side Trips to Girdwood & Mount Alyeska.

Side Trips to the Matanuska & Susitna Valleys.

6 SOUTHEAST ALASKA.

5 CRUISING ALASKA’S COAST.

Weighing Your Cruise Options.

The Best Cruise Experiences in Alaska.

Booking Your Cruise.

The Small-Ship Cruise Lines.

The Big-Ship Cruise Lines.

8 THE KENAI PENINSULA & PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND.

Exploring the Kenai Peninsula & Prince William Sound.

The Seward Highway: A Road Guide.

Chugach National Forest: Do-It- Yourself Wilderness.

A SIDE TRIP TO HOPE.

Whittier: Dock on the Sound.

Seward: Gateway to Resurrection Bay & Kenai Fjords.

FAST FACTS: SEWARD.

Kenai Fjords National Park.

Cooper Landing: Road Meets River.

Kenai/Soldotna & Sterling: Giant Salmon.

FAST FACTS: KENAI & SOLDOTNA.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Homer & Kachemak Bay: Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea.

FAST FACTS: HOMER.

A DAY TRIP TO HALIBUT COVE.

Valdez.

FAST FACTS: VALDEZ.

Cordova: Hidden Treasure.

FAST FACTS: CORDOVA.

9 THE DENALI NATIONAL PARK REGION.

Planning a Visit to the Park.

THE DENALI HIGHWAY: THE DRIVABLE DENALI.

Park Essentials.

TRAIN CHOICES.

FAST FACTS: DENALI NATIONAL PARK.

Denali by Shuttle Bus.

Denali on Foot: Day Hiking & Backpacking.

THE ALASKA–OHIO NAME GAME, NEXT GENERATION.

Activities Within the Park.

Attractions & Activities Outside the Park.

Where to Stay.

Where to Dine.

Denali Nightlife.

Denali Wilderness Lodges.

Talkeetna: Back Door to Denali.

FAST FACTS: TALKEETNA.

Exploring the Bush.

Kodiak: Wild Island.

FAST FACTS: KODIAK.

Katmai National Park.

FAST FACTS: KATMAI & REGION.

Unalaska/Dutch Harbor: Aleutian Boomtown.

FAST FACTS: UNALASKA/DUTCH HARBOR.

THE ALEUTIANS: THE QUIET AFTER WAR.

The Pribilof Islands: Birder’s Paradise.

Nome: Arctic Frontier Town.

FAST FACTS: NOME.

THE KOTZEBUE OPTION.

Barrow: Way North.

FAST FACTS: BARROW.

Prudhoe Bay: Arctic Industry.

10 THE ALASKAN INTERIOR.

Exploring the Interior.

Fairbanks: Alaska Heartland.

ALASKA’S HIGHWAYS A LA CARTE.

FAST FACTS: FAIRBANK.

Chena Hot Springs Road.

THE ROSTER OF RURAL ROADS.

The Steese Highway: Drive into the Wild.

The Dalton Highway.

The Alaska Highway.

DAWSON CITY & EAGLE: DETOUR INTO HISTORY.

FAST FACTS: TOK.

FAST FACTS: DELTA JUNCTION.

The Glenn Highway.

The Richardson Highway & Copper Center.

Wrangell–St. Elias National Park & Kennecott.

11 THE BUSH.

12 FAST FACTS: ALASKA.

Airline, Hotel & Car-Rental Websites.

Index. 

List of Maps. 

Alaska.

Suggested Alaska Itineraries.

Southeast Alaska.

Ketchikan.

Wrangell.

Petersburg.

Sitka.

Juneau.

Juneau Beyond Downtown.

Glacier Bay National Park.

Haines.

Skagway.

Anchorage.

Downtown Anchorage.

Downtown Anchorage Walking Tour.

The Kenai Peninsula & Prince William Sound.

Seward.

Homer.

Valdez.

Cordova.

Denali National Park.

Fairbanks.

Downtown Fairbanks.

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