By Jim DuFresne, Greg Benchwick, Catherine Bodry
Lonely Planet understands Alaska. Our ninth variation promises an event at each flip, even if you are gazing glaciers calve from a ship, climbing within the Bush or exploring Alaskan local tradition and polar bears in Barrow. Lonely Planet publications are written by way of specialists who get to the guts of each vacation spot they stopover at. This absolutely up to date version is filled with actual, useful and sincere recommendation, designed to offer you the knowledge you must utilize your journey. during this advisor: New Alaska for households and Cruising in Alaska chapters Full-Color Alaskan flora and fauna bankruptcy particular eco-friendly Index that will help you make your travels ecofriendly
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To inspect gold nuggets firsthand, head to the Gallery of Alaska at Fairbanks’ University of Alaska Museum. To feel the pain that prospectors endured to find gold, hike the Chilkoot Trail from Skagway, the first step for thousands in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. For a lesson on panning techniques visit the Indian Valley Mine near Anchorage, Klondike Gold Dredge Tours at Skagway, or Juneau’s Last Chance Mining Museum. And finally, if you want to purchase a gold pan, well, just stop at almost any hardware store in Alaska.
In Alaska the battleground is an entire ecosystem. At almost 20 million acres, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is the size of South Carolina, encompassing 18 major rivers and the greatest variety of plant and animal life – including 36 species of land mammals – of any conservation area in the circumpolar north. The battle over drilling for oil in the ANWR has been raging since the 1980s, but has intensified with the recent price surge at the pump. With gas breaking $4 a gallon at one point in 2008, the ANWR again took center stage as one of the most contentious issues hovering over Alaska.
Com; maximum passengers 12, cabins 6; per person $3650-15,850) While the quarters are tight on this small boat, Discovery Voyages offer some interesting five- to eight-day options, with trips focusing on whale watching, hiking and kayaking, photography, or wildlife exploration. It also offsets its carbon emissions. com; maximum passengers 62, cabins 31; per person from $7500) Offers kayaking, wilderness walks, onboard naturalists and Zodiac excursions during eight-day cruises in the Southeast. Many trips include the airfare from Seattle, and take visitors from Juneau through the Inside Passage, past Tracy Arm, Petersburg, Frederick Sound, Chatham Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Point Adolphus and Inian Pass.
Alaska by Jim DuFresne, Greg Benchwick, Catherine Bodry