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Frommer's Alaska Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Full Size) Paperback – May 3, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Map your adventure
Plan a trip that suits your interests. Follow ourrecommended itineraries or mix & match to createyour own. Explore a region in depth or hit the highlights. With Frommer's Day by Day guides, the choice is yours.
73 self-guided tours with maps that show how to get from place to place
Hundreds of photos,plus engaging insights on history and culture
Detailed reviews of hotels,restaurants, shopping, and nightlife
Full-sized foldout mapof Alaska in a handy plastic envelope
95 maps and 73 ways to see the sights
About the Author
Charles Wohlforth is a life-long Alaska resident and prize-winning author of numerous books about Alaska. Besides travel, his work includes writing about science and the environment, politics, history and biography. A popular lecturer, he has spoken all over the United States and overseas. His articles have appeared in Discover, The New Republic, Outside, and many other magazines. Wohlforth lives with his wife, Barbara, and their four children. They reside in Anchorage during the winter, where they are avid crosscountry skiers, and in summer on a remote Kachemak Bay shore reachable only by boat. Wohlforth's recent book The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering Our Ability to Rescue the Earth (St. Martin's Press, $28) uses Alaska as a microcosm to understand the cultural roots of humankinds' will to protect the planet.
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Alaska is the largest US state, comprising 20% of its land area, with dimensions measuring in the hundreds to thousands of miles, and far less tourist infrastructure than is commonly found in the lower 48. This guide is designed to encourage the visitor to consider the time-distance challenges involved in getting to and around Alaska, and plan accordingly. To that end, the guide offers some very practical tips on visiting Alaska in its opening chapters, including some "best of" lists. The following chapters address attractions on a regional basis around the state. Each regional chapter offer highlights and some suggest itineraries based on the interests and the time available to the visitor. There are also interesting chapters on Alaska history and culture, special interest trips, and the wild flora and fauna.
The suggest itineraries are quite good and grounded in the author's experiences around the state. It is worth noting that these recommendations in no way exhaust the perfectly acceptable alternatives available for those with the time to linger. The author, for example, passes very lightly over the many excellent hiking opportunities around Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula, to say nothing of Denali State Park and its accessible Kesugi Ridge, with its views (weather permiting) of Denali.
At over 500 pages, "Alaska day by day" is still a hefty book. The author, a man of strong opinions, has chosen to share many; ideas on the best places to eat or fish are welcome; political commentary is inappropriate in a tourist guide.
"Frommer's Alaska day by day" is recommended as an improved version of Frommer's Alaska guides.
My favorite feature of this guidebook is how it took me through a wide variety of itineraries, and included very well-written descriptions of routes, attractions, sights, and of course lodging/dining options. I ran a couple of the recommended destinations by some colleagues who work for the State of Alaska, and they validated the ratings and accuracy of the Frommer information.
My wife and I are crafting our itinerary right now, even though we won't be able to depart until next summer...but that's plenty of time to get everything nailed down so we won't limit our travel options. This guidebook will be in my pocket when we go!