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Adventure and Travel

  • Alaska Insight Travel Guide
    March, 2005
    The Alaska Insight Travel Guide is for those adventurers seeking information as to how to go about arranging the beautiful Alaska dream vacation.

  • Alaskan Camping
    January 31, 2014
    Detailed routes and advice for exploring Alaska and northwestern Canada are provided in this guide for RV and tent campers. This grand tour of Alaska covers in detail the Alaskan Highway, routes throughout the Yukon and Alaska, and the ferry system in southeastern Alaska.

  • Alaska's Inside Passage
    Ann Chandonnet, Don Pitcher Photographer
    Paperback, 208 pages. Compass America Guides (April 4, 2006)

  • Alaska's Kenai Peninsula: A Traveler's Guide
    Andromeda Romans-Lax, Bill Sherwonit
    96 pages (May 2001)

  • Alaska's Prince William Sound
    Marybeth Holleman
    96 pages (May 2000)

  • Alaska's Tracy Arm & Sawyer Glaciers
    Mark Kelley, Photography; Nick Jans, Narrative
    "Tracy Arm: a rather ordinary name for an extra-ordinary place, arguably one of the most spectacular glacial fjords in both Alaska and the world. Glacier Bay National Park, roughly 125 miles to the northwest, is far better known, and Misty Fjords, near Ketchikan, is duly celebrated. But Tracy Arm, 32 miles long and averaging a mile wide, surrounded by steep mountain walls rising up to 7,000 feet from sea level, surrenders nothing in grandeur or vertical scale to any of these treasures. In fact, it gains its visual power from the fact that so much is crammed into such a compact space. It is, in its own right, the sort of place that's worth traveling halfway around the world to see, a landscape that reminds us, residents and travelers alike, of why we came to Alaska." Mark Kelley Photography; 2nd edition (March 1, 2005)

  • Fairbanks: Alaska's Heart of Gold
    Tricia Brown, Roy Corral
    96 pages (May 2000)

  • Guide to the Alaska Highway
    April 26, 2011
    Traveling across the great northern expanses from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Delta Junction, Alaska, the 1,500-mile Alaska Highway remains one of the greatest driving adventures of all time. Inside you will find details on gas prices, where to camp, how to prepare your vehicle for the journey, and insightful driving tips.

  • Lonely Planet Alaska
    Jim Dufresne, Aaron Spitzer
    Paperback - 444 pages 5th edition (April 2006)

  • RVing to Alaska
    January 1, 2013
    This 2nd Edition is a major revision to the original RVing to Alaska. While an excellent and popular book, it did not contain information about the Alaskan ferry system.

  • The Alaska Wilderness Guide
    December, 2005
    Welcome to Alaska’s wilderness. Welcome to “The Bush.” With excerpts from Alaska magazine and facts on backcountry travel, this guide helps you plan your own trip into the backcountry, to parks and wildlife refuges, and points you to hiking trails and floatable rivers.

  • The Milepost 2016
    Kris Valencia
    The 2016 edition of "The MILEPOST" is the latest edition of a uniquely useful travel guide to the limited road network in Alaska and the Northwest Canada provinces of British Columbia, Yukon, and Alberta. This guide is a must-have resource for those planning an extended trip, whether by car, RV, or camper. Paperback, 752 pages, more than 100 maps and 612 photos, Morris Communications Corp.

  • Travel Smart: Alaska
    Paul Otteson
    Paperback - 266 pages (March 2000)

  • World Famous Alaska Highway, 4th Edition
    March 1, 2011
    The Alaska Highway—or the Alcan—is a portal to some of the most beautiful places in North America. Tricia Brown's best-selling guide traces this famous route, providing detailed information and tips along the way. With full-color maps and photos, this comprehensive guidebook includes details on trip preparation; considerations along the way; places to hike, bike, fish, and boat; attractions and festivals; and Alaska's famed wildlife.

Alaska Cookbooks

Alaskan History

Calendars

Cruising and Ferries

  • Adventure Guide to the Inside Passage & Coastal Alaska
    Lynn Readicker-Henderson, Ed Readicker-Henderson
    The focus of this book is the Alaska Marine Highway, telling you everything you need to know about the ships themselves, the sights and the towns. Paperback, 458 pages. Hunter Publishing, 5th ediction (January 31, 2006)

  • Alaska & Canada's Inside Passage Cruise Tour Guide
    George King, Karin Hasselberg
    City maps, history, Native culture, plus a 6-foot fold-out map of cruise route. Coastal Cruise Tour Guides (June 2003)

  • Alaska by Cruise Ship
    January 1, 2012
    The complete guide to taking a cruise or cruise tour to Alaska. Our book covers all aspects of this exciting cruise with 2 giant color pull-out maps showing all cruise routes of both the Inside Passage and Glacier cruises.

  • Alaska: The Cruise Lover's Guide
    Paul Grescoe, Audrey Gresco
    Paperback, 272 pages. Greyston Books, 3rd edition (October 2002)

  • Fodor's The Complete Guide to Alaska Cruises
    March 11, 2014
    Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of Alaska cruising, including detailed ship reviews, planning tips, and information on more than 20 of the most popular ports.

  • Frommer's EasyGuide to Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call
    November 25, 2014
    Both the Inside Passage of Alaska and the Gulf of Alaska are among the single most popular of all cruise destinations, and multitudes of cruisers will welcome this expert assistance in choosing a cruise and the activities on ship and land that the cruise offers.

  • The Alaska Cruise Handbook: A Mile-by-Mile Guide 2012 edition

    Award winning author and mapmaker Joe Upton spent 20 years exploring the NW coast as a commercial fisherman and journalist, collecting stories, taking photos, making maps, and catching fish. In this book with over 300 color photos and included large illustrated map, he has assembled all the information you need for your Alaska cruise.

  • The Coastal Companion: A Guide to the Inside Passage
    Joe Upton
    Paperback - 218 pages. Harbour (December, 2004)

Fishing

General

Hiking and Backpacking

Human Interest

Humor

Kids Books

Picture Books

Wildlife

  • Alaska: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide
    Dennis Paulson, Les Beletsky
    A volume in the Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides Series. Paperback, 441 pages. Academic Press, 1st edition (December 8, 2000)

  • Alaska (Traveller's Wildlife Guides)
    Dennis Paulson, Les Beletsky
    In this book is all the information you will need to find, identify and learn about Alaska's magnificent animal life. Paperback, 456 pages. Interlink (December 30, 2006)

  • Alaska Wildlife: An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals
    James Kavanagh
    Pocket Naturalist. Paperback, 12 pages. Waterford Press, 1st edition (January 1, 2001)

  • Alaska Wildlife Impressions
    Steven Kazlowski - Photographer
    Paperback - 80 pages
    Farcountry Press (March 2004)

  • Alaska Wildlife Portfolio
    Henry H. Holdsworth; Steven Nourse, Photographer
    Hardcover - 120 pages
    Farcountry Press (February 2004)

  • Alaska's Inside Passage Wildlife Viewing Guide
    Riley Woodford
    Paperback - 82 pages. Published by Alaska Department of Fish and Game (July 15, 2006)

  • Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Trail Guide
    Doug O'Harra, Katherine Hocker, Kristan Hutchison, Riley Woodford
    This guide features 65 carefully selected wildlife viewing sites that highlight the diversity of animals and habitats found on the Kenai Peninsula. Spiral-bound: 120 pages Alaska Department of Fish and Game; 1st edition (June 1, 2007)

  • Alaska's Watchable Whales: Humpback & Killer Whales
    Mark Kelley, Photography; Nick Jans and Scott Foster, Narrative
    "Whales!" comes a cry, and its show time on the wild waters of Alaska. A spurt like a sprinkler's shoots out of the water, then turns to mist and hangs just above the chilly Alaskan sea. In these waters, two of the world's great wildlife performers star in a wilderness ballet. Nowhere else can on get such a great look at humpbacks, the most active of the great whales, cavorting on the surface and catching air as they feed. Tuxedo-clad orcas or killer whales dazzle with drill-team precision and racetrack speed. With the photos in this book, Mark Kelley and John Hyde take you to see Alaska's watchable whales on nature's stage. Mark Kelley Photography; 2nd edition (January 1, 2004)

  • Birds of Alaska Field Guide
    Stan Tekiela
    Paperback, 376 pages. Adventure Publications (September 30, 2005)

  • Caribou: Wanderer of the Tundra
    Tom Walker
    80 pages (June 2000)

  • Lives of Grizzlies: Alaska (HB)
    Jim Cole - Photographer
    Hardcover - 128 pages
    Farcountry Press (September 2004)

  • One Wing's Gift: Rescuing Alaska's Wild Birds
    Joan Harris
    64 pages (May 2002)