Fodor's Alaska 2001: Completely Updated Every Year, Color Photos and Pull-Out Map, Smart Travel Tips from A to Z (Fodor's Gold Guides)

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Synopsis: Fodor's Alaska 2001"Fodor's guides cover culture authoritatively and rarely miss a sight or museum." - National Geographic Traveler

"The king of guidebooks." - Newsweek

No matter what your budget or whether it's your first trip or fifteenth, Fodor's Gold Guides get you where you want to go.

Insider info that's totally up to date. Every year our local experts give you the inside track, showing you all the things to see and do -- from must-see sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from shopping to outdoor fun.

Hundreds of hotel and restaurant choices in all price ranges -- from budget-friendly B&Bs to luxury hotels, from casual eateries to the hottest new restaurants, complete with thorough reviews showing what makes each place special.

Smart Travel Tips A to Z section helps you take care of the nitty gritty with essential local contacts and great advice -- from how to take your mountain bike with you to what to do in an emergency.

Full-size, foldout map keeps you on course.

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Alaska has always held a special place in the public imagination. Early explorers wrote of an otherwordly landscape populated by hardy Native peoples, of a place where gold filled the hills, where salmon were so abundant that you could walk across streams on their backs, and where wild animals roamed the seemingly infinite forests. Today's travelers come for different reasons, but they still discover a vibrant cultural heritage, a stunning landscape, great fishing, and abundant wildlife in one of the world's most magnificent wild places.

Bicycling

Anchorage has an excellent bike-trail system -- one along the coast and several others inland. You can take your bike on the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park. Although the park road is largely unpaved, it has a good dirt surface and only light traffic. You can also bring your bike on Alaska's ferry system for an extra charge. Use it to explore the Southeast's charming communities and surrounding forests, but come prepared for heavy rain.

Many Interior residents are avid bikers, and mountain biking has become a hot sport here. Fairbanks has miles of scenic bike paths along the Chena River and into the city's outskirts. Most roads have wide shoulders and, of course, offer those incredible Alaska views.

Boating

With its numerous streams and rivers, Alaska is a natural for waterborne exploration. In the Southeast, the busiest river for running is the Mendenhall; in South Central, it's the Kenai. White-water boaters often spend their weekends playing in the whitecaps of the Nenana River, near Denali National Park in the Interior. Remember that Alaska has some serious white water: unless you are experienced, do not undertake a boating expedition without a professional guide.

Sailing

The beautiful Prince William Sound, with tidewater glaciers and forested islands, has good winds in late summer. The protected waters of Southeast Alaska have fickle winds, but you'll discover quite a few sailboatsin Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka.

Dining

Alaska's primary claim to gastronomic fame is seafood. The rich coastal waters produce prodigious quantities of halibut, salmon, crab, and shrimp, along with such specialties as abalone, sea urchin, herring roe, and sea cucumbers (a favorite in Japan). If you haven't yet tasted fresh Alaskan salmon, do so here -- there'snothing quite like a barbecued Copper River king salmon.

For a distinctive taste of the past, step into a classic Alaskan log roadhouse. The food is basic and hearty, and you're likely to meet the hardscrabble folk who survive in the Bush. Roadhouses are not, however, good places to show up with a "Ban Assault Rifles" bumper sticker.

Dogsledding

Alaskans are dog crazy. With more and more mushers offering wintertime tours, you can try anything from a half-hour jaunt outside Anchorage to a two-week outing in the Brooks Range or an expedition along the Iditarod Trail. You can participate as much or as little as you like, riding in the basket and being pampered at an overnight lodge or helping harness the dogs and taking a turn on the back of the sled.

Fishing

Alaska has no shortage of fishing spots. People from all over the world come to Alaska for a chance to land a trophy salmon or a 200-pound-plus halibut. If you're driving through Alaska, you can fish from the roadside in the Interior. In the Southeast you can sink a line right off the docks. If you're a truly serious fisherman, though, a guided boat charter or a stay at a fly-in fishing lodge is the ultimate Alaska fishing adventure.

Flightseeing

The magnitude of Alaska can perhaps best be comprehended from the air. Every major destination from the Southeast to the Arctic has flightseeing services that will show you Alaska from a bird's-eye view. It's an experience not to be missed.

National Parks and Forests

Alaska has 15 national parks, preserves, and monuments; two national forests; and 16 national wildlife refuges. The most visited of all is Denali National Park, site of Mt. McKinley, at 20,320 ft the tallest peak in North America. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, east of Anchorage, is the largest national park in the United States -- six times the size of Yellowstone.

Native Crafts

Among the most prized items sought by souvenir hunters are Native crafts. In particular, look for carvings of walrus ivory, soapstone, jade, and wood, and for items made of fur. You'll find a wide choice of jewelry, mukluks (seal- or reindeer-skin Eskimo boots), masks, totem poles, paintings, and baskets. The state has adopted two symbols that guarantee the authenticity of crafts made by Alaskans: a hand symbol indicates the item was made by one of Alaska's Native peoples; a polar bear marks an item as made in Alaska.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Although it has no lack of snow or mountains, Alaska is not a big ski destination. There are, however, numerous opportunities for both downhill and cross-country adventures. You can charter a helicopter to go backcountry skiing in the Valdez area, or visit one of the downhill areas near Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau. Ski in the summer by chartering a plane to a glacier in Denali National Park. Valdez is home to the World Extreme Skiing Championships every April.

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