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Anchorage is the largest and most populous city in the US state of Alaska. With an estimated population of 278,700 for the city itself (as of 2006), and 359,180 for the metropolitan area, the area around Anchorage is home to more than half the population of the state.

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Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula (Travel Guide)

By Don Pitcher

Moon Travel
Released: 2019-06-04
Paperback (368 pages)

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Adventure awaits on the Last Frontier: make your way through Alaska's mountains, glaciers, and rivers with Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula. Inside you'll find:
  • Flexible itineraries including five days in Anchorage, a weekend in Denali National Park, day cruises, and a two-week adventure covering the whole region
  • Strategic advice for hikers, adventure sports lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, budget travelers, and more
  • Must-see highlights and outdoor experiences: Embark on a cruise to admire stunning fjords and watch brown bears catch wild salmon out of a river. Go snowboarding at a mountain resort or hike through alpine forests. Dine on fresh king crab at the best restaurants in Anchorage or catch your own halibut on a fishing expedition. Take an intrepid "flightseeing" tour to secluded glacier landings in Denali National Park and discover the best spots to watch the northern lights dance across the sky
  • Expert advice from Homer local Don Pitcher on when to go, where to stay, and how to get around
  • Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Up-to-date information including background on the landscape, wildlife, history, and local culture
  • Helpful resources like emergency services, wilderness safety tips, and advice for visitors with children, seniors, and more
Find your adventure in Anchorage, Denali and the Kenai Peninsula with Moon's expert advice and local insight.

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Fodor's Alaska (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2019-02-19
Paperback (384 pages)

Fodor s Alaska (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor’s Alaska is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Alaska travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease.

There’s no denying that Alaska is a trip of a lifetime. Nowhere else can you kayak to glaciers; fly over the highest peak in North America; wonder at the Aurora Borealis; stay out all night celebrating the midnight sun; visit quirky towns; spot bears, eagles, moose, and whales; and learn the true meaning of the word "remote"–all in the same trip. Fodor's Alaska makes it easy to create a perfect trip from start to finish.

Fodor’s Alaska includes:

    •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Fully updated information on new openings and developments; including restaurants, hotels, and outdoor activities, for all of Alaska's top destinations and undiscovered gems, from cities such as Juneau and Ketchikan to Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula.
    •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A spectacular color photo guide highlights the ultimate unmissable experiences and attractions throughout Alaska to inspire you.
    •PULLOUT MAP AND DETAILED MAPS: A handy PULLOUT map, which includes an outdoor activity finder, will help you navigate on the go. Full-color and full-size street maps throughout will help you plan efficiently and get around confidently.
    •GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Rich full-color features invite you to experience the best of Alaska, from what to eat and drink to which cruise route to take. Other magazine-style features help you understand everything that Alaska has to offer, from whale watching and bear sighting to shopping for Alaskan native crafts and learning about the Klondike Gold Rush.
    •HELPFUL ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Day-by-day itineraries help you plan and make the most of your time, including carefully chosen recommendations for the best sights, stores, restaurants, hotels, nightspots, and activities. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category.
    •INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Each region has a convenient overview with highlights and practical advice for getting around. Best Bets lists ensure you find the right spot for your needs.
    •COVERS: Juneau, Denali National Park, Anchorage, Fairbanks, the Kenai Peninsula, Skagway, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay, Haines, Homer, Kodiak Island, the Yukon, and more.

ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

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Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula (Moon Handbooks)

By Don Pitcher

Moon Travel
Released: 2016-04-19
Paperback (384 pages)

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In this full-color guide, seasoned travel writer Don Pitcher shares the best ways to experience all that Anchorage, Denali, and the Kenai Peninsula have to offer, from Anchorage Museum's fascinating exhibits to the natural splendor of Denali National Park to Resurrection Bay's breathtaking wildlife tours. Pitcher leads travelers to the highlights of the three areas, offering tips on how to make an Anchorage stay enjoyable and affordable, what to bring on a trip to Denali, and which of the Kenai Peninsula's many outdoor recreational opportunities shouldn't be passed up. Complete with information on taking a boat trip to Portage Glacier, stepping into the past in old mining town Hope, and watching for belugas and bore tides on Turnagain Arm, Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Moon Alaska (Travel Guide)

By Lisa Maloney

Moon Travel
Released: 2017-06-20
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Moon Travel Guides: Make Your Escape!

Remote, wild, and all-around otherworldly, Alaska promises unforgettable adventure. Discover the heart of "The Last Frontier" with Moon Alaska.

What you'll find in Moon Alaska:

  • Strategic itineraries for every budget and timeline, whether you have a week to hit the top sights or a month to explore the whole state
  • Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout, plus a full-color foldout map
  • Curated advice for outdoor adventurers, history buffs, culture mavens, road-trippers, wildlife enthusiasts, and more
  • Must-see attractions and off-beat ideas for making the most of your trip: Embark on a guided active glacier hike, explore ice caves, or take an intrepid "flightseeing" tour to secluded glacier landings in Denali National Park. Experience the thrill of spotting wild bears, moose, or even walrus, or catch a glimpse of sea otters and humpback whales on a boat tour of the spectacular Kenai Fjords. Hike through lush wilderness or along pristine beaches, kayak on tranquil sounds or secluded lakes, or camp under the crystal-clear stars. Learn about Alaska's native cultures and quirky small towns, savor a freshly-caught seafood dinner, and discover the best spots to witness the enchanting northern lights
  • Honest advice from Anchorage local and outdoor aficionado Lisa Maloney on when to go, what to pack, and where to stay, from campsites and hostels to B&Bs and resort fishing lodges
  • How to get there and get around by plane, train, ferry, cruise ship, or guided tour
  • Recommendations for families, LGBTQ+ travelers, seniors, international visitors, and travelers with disabilities
  • Thorough background on the culture, weather, wildlife, local laws, history, and health and safety
With Moon Alaska's local insight, myriad activities, and expert advice, you can plan your trip your way.

Full list of coverage: Juneau and Southeast Alaska, Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska, Denali, Fairbanks, and the Interior, Kodiak and Southwest Alaska, the Arctic

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National Geographic Traveler: Coastal Alaska: Ports of Call and Beyond

By Bob Devine

Natl Geographic Society
Released: 2016-03-01
Paperback (192 pages)

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This beautifully illustrated guidebook by Alaska and Northwest expert Bob Devine covers ports of call large and small all along the Inside Passage and Alaska's ragged southern coastlines, including Seattle, Vancouver, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Haines, Skagway, Cordova, Valdez & Whittier, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, Homer & Kachemak Bay, Anchorage, Denali National Park & Preserve, Kodiak Island, and Alaska Peninsula & Aleutians. You'll find vital information on making the most of each port city, including how to get to the sights from the port; what to see in a short amount of time ashore; and how to avoid pricey excursions.
Beginning with the fascinating history of the 49th state, the guidebook then explores, maps and details the popular starting points of Seattle and Vancouver. Subsequent chapters describe ports of call in the Panhandle (Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, gorgeous Glacier Bay); South-Central Coast (Kenai Fjords, Homer, Anchorage); the Aleutian Islands; and much, much more. Each port description ends with invaluable need-to-know information.
This guidebook includes detailed, four-color maps; more than 75 full-color images by National Geographic photographer Michael Melford; insider tips from National Geographic experts who know Alaska well; cultural sidebars that provide a deep appreciation of Alaska's nature and history; guided walking tours (including downtown Vancouver) complete with maps; and details of additional ferry, bus, and train rides to maximize your experience.
A handy Travelwise section includes restaurants as well as don't-miss festivals, the best shopping venues, and information on both cultural events (concerts, theater, etc.) and outdoor activities (kayaking, fishing, sailing, etc.) that will help you plan ahead for your Alaskan trip of a lifetime.


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