Item description for Insight Guide Alaska (Insight Guides Alaska) by Brian Bell...
Overview Filled with full-color photography and colorful, cross-referenced maps, this series of visual travel guides features lively essays by local writers on the culture, history, and people of each region, state, or city, with authoritative ratings of not-to-be-missed attractions and landmarks, listings of outstanding restaurants and accommodations, and practical advice on transportation and traveling with children.
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Studio: Insight Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 1" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2008
Publisher Insight Guides
ISBN 9812586822 ISBN13 9789812586827 UPC 027793586825
Reviews - What do customers think about Insight Guide Alaska (Insight Guides Alaska)?
An old-fashioned travelogue... May 4, 2008
Most travel guides concentrate on providing substantial listings of places to go, places to stay, and places to eat. "Insight Guides Alaska" goes a different route. Here, the emphasis is on narrative articles, accompanied by maps and color photography, that provide a sense of what a destination is like. In the case of a wonderfully diverse destination such as Alaska, this type of information may be more useful to the traveler than statistics or long listing of motels.
The State of Alaska equates to 20% of the land area of the United States. Alaska has the most coastline of any state. Its signficant diversity in climate ranges the North Slope above the Arctic Circle to the rainy Panhandle, which has a climate like Seattle. The sheer scale of the landscape often overwhelms visitors. Alaska offers ready access to wildlife, glaciers, hiking, hunting and fishing, and other attractions harder to find in the lower 48 states. Its lack of development means that for those who seek it out, there is enough elbow room to satisfy practically anyone.
The essays contained in this guide offer a sense of a variety of features about Alaska, from its native Alaskans, its strenuous seasons, huge state and federal park areas, and its few urban centers. The essays provide perspective and useful information on various attractions, while the abundant photographs impart a sense of scale for a wild landscape. A section at the end addresses practicalities like food, lodging, and travel, although first-time visitors can and should seek additional information through investigation of included websites. Those who intend to travel by road are encouraged to track down a copy of The Milepost, which provides exhaustive information on Alaska's limited road network.
"Insight Guides Alaska" is highly recommended to those planning a visit to Alaska, and those curious to see what the fuss is all about.
If you can only purchase 1 book about Alaska-this is the one May 15, 2007
I am taking a trip to Alaska this summer. I have picked up several books at the library but purchased this one at the recommendation of the travel outfitter I will be utilizing. It is comprenhensive. It covers Alaska history, the native culture, industry, locales, flora and fauna in lush detail with beautiful pictures. Maps are built into the covers and you can go into more specific details by region. I am enthralled with this book more so than the others I have seen so far.
Insight Guide Alaska Mar 8, 2007
I purchased this book to halp our hosts for a coming trip to Alaska. The book was well written and provided a comprehensive picture for new visitors to use to become acquainted with the whole state not just the areas we would be traveling through. It survived my purposes very well. Mac.
lots of pictures, less information Jun 14, 2003
There's a picture on every page. Chapters: History People Panhandle - 5 pages (Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Haines) Misty Fjords Glacier Bay Juneau - 4 pages Skagway - 5 pages Anchorage - 9 pages (2 sightseeing, 1.5 history, 5.5 suburbs, map of downtown) Prince William Sound Wrangell-St Elias National Park Kenai Peninsula Kodiak Katmai National Park Denali National Park - 6.5 pages Fairbanks - 8.5 pages Interior (North Pole, Delta Junction, Nenana, Central, Circle City, Chena, Livengood) Nome & the Remote West - 5 pages (Iditarod, Kotzebue, etc.) Cape Krusenstern Gates of the Arctic National Park North Slope - 3 pages (Prudhoe Bay, Barrow)
Short Descriptions: Wildflowers Wildlife Alcan Highway Gold Rush Northern Lights Native Art
Weather/Calendar of Events Tour Operators Hotels (few with websites) Restaurants (small list) Culture (music/dance/drama)