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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book "Alaska" - a travel guide by Frommer's - by Kris Capps et al.

About the Book: Full-color throughout. Free full-color, foldout map. Insider advice on avoiding the crowds and making the most of your time at Alaska's most popular parks, from Glacier Bay to Denali. Plus tips for navigating the state's lovely but less-traveled corners, including Unalaska and the Pribilof Islands. Where to find the strangest community events, authentic native art, and most scenic spots along your route. Insightful commentary on Alaska's rich history, from present-day politics to its origins billions of years ago. Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. The expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way. Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. It is included the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people. User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.

About the Authors: Kris Capps is a longtime Alaska journalist who has traveled extensively throughout the state. She spends most of her time in Interior Alaska and currently lives right outside Denali National Park with her teenage daughter; this has been her home for 20 years. She writes a weekly newspaper column about the Denali area for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and is the author of award-winning guidebooks including the Denali Road Guide and Denali Walks.
Mike Dunham moved to Quinhagak, Alaska, on the Bering Sea, with his parents in 1955, when he was 4 years old. He has since lived and worked in Mountain Village, Togiak, Afognak, Homer, Haines, Kodiak, Kenai, Seward and Cordova—but mostly in Anchorage, where he is the Arts and Entertainment editor for the Anchorage Daily News. He has won numerous regional and national awards for articles on travel, art, education, food, history and humor, as well as for his work in radio. Outside Alaska he has written for publications ranging from Orion magazine to Opera News. He is among the editors of the University of Alaska's recent "Grammar of Central Alaskan Yupik, an Eskimoan Language" and suspects that he is the only non-Alaska Native in the world who has to divulge on his tax returns how much money he makes as an Eskimo dancer.
Dave Kiffer is a fourth generation Ketchikan resident on both sides of his family. A professional jazz musician with degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing, he has worked for newspapers and public radio in several states. He currently runs Historic Ketchikan, a non-profit that promotes economic development through historic preservation and heritage tourism. In addition to serving as the current Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor, Dave teaches music and writes humor and Alaska history columns for sitnews.us.
Charlotte Glover, is a Youth Services librarian for the Ketchikan Public Library who has done travel research for "Alaska Best Places" and "Frommer's Alaska" for many years and contributes regularly to TripAdvisor. She is Dave Kiffer's wife and their son Liam is 10 years old and is on track to win the 5K in the 2020 Olympics.

My Review: This is a travel guide that should be able to fulfill all your needs for information on what to do, how to do, where to go, where to eat, where to sleep, etc... when you are visiting Alaska. The authors did a magnificent job putting together this excellent travel guide.

The book is structured in eleven chapters, going from an overview of what is the best of Alaska, passing over the best Itineraries for different time length travels and covering different cities and regions, like Southeast Alaska, Anchorage & Environs, Kenai Peninsula & Prince William Sound, Denali National Park, Alaskan Interior and the Bush. Finally there is a chapter covering how to get there and how to plan an outdoor vacation. There is also indication of useful websites and fast facts about Alaska.
Each chapter has dozens of beautiful pictures, maps, as well as top tips, best places to eat, best places to drink and best places to shop, costs for attractions, hours of operations, etc.

I have never been to Alaska, and this guide was an excellent way of awakening my desire to go there. It is full of magnificent photos and so rich in detail that I felt that I had already visited most of the places. Definitely I will include Alaska in my plans for future travels.

This is an outstanding result for a combined effort from four different authors and it was published by Frommer's in February 2012. This is a must have book for those who are serious about planing their trips and also for those who want to remember details on previous travels, while wishing they can return to Alaska some day in the future.

Amazon.com was kind enough to provide this book for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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