Alaska by Jim DuFresne, Greg Benchwick, Catherine Bodry

By Jim DuFresne, Greg Benchwick, Catherine Bodry

Lonely Planet is familiar with Alaska. Our ninth version promises an experience at each flip, even if you are gazing glaciers calve from a ship, mountain climbing within the Bush or exploring Alaskan local tradition and polar bears in Barrow. Lonely Planet courses are written through specialists who get to the center of each vacation spot they stopover at. This totally up-to-date version is filled with actual, useful and sincere suggestion, designed to offer you the knowledge you want to utilize your journey. during this consultant: New Alaska for households and Cruising in Alaska chapters Full-Color Alaskan natural world bankruptcy exact eco-friendly Index that will help you make your travels ecofriendly

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This 3-mile hike leads you to the summit and a free-use shelter above the treeline nearby. Just to the north is Petersburg, where you can jump off the ferry and tackle the 4-mile Raven Trail, reaching the USFS Raven Roost Cabin by nightfall. Juneau has five hike-in USFS cabins. 5-mile hike that ends at Eagle Glacier Cabin near the glacier itself. For the best alpine cabin head downtown and hike the Dan Moller Trail 3 miles to the Dan Moller Cabin. One of the most unusual cabin hikes in Southeast is Sitka’s Mt Edgecumbe Trail.

For history buffs, the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad is a must on any itinerary. The narrow-gauge line was built in 1900 during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, putting the Chilkoot Trail out of business. From Skagway the train climbs steeply to 2885ft through the mountains until it reaches White Pass and then chugs along to serene Lake Bennett. The most popular ticket is the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star Train from Anchorage to Fairbanks, stopping at Denali National Park along the way.

Most trips depart from Juneau. com; maximum passengers 12-36; per person $4395-7995) Offers themed cruises that focus on whale watching, Glacier Bay, wildlife watching or adventure travel. The small boats have modern, elegant staterooms, and a naturalist is on board to teach you the ways of the Alaska wilderness. Most trips depart from Juneau, but they have one trip that leaves from Seattle. com; maximum passengers 102; per person $3999-18,499) It does cruises up to the Bering Sea, passing Kodiak, Katmai National Park, the Shumagin Islands, Dutch Harbor, the Pribilof Islands, on up to Nome.

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