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Top 7 Alaska Travel Guide Books

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Alaska is a vast and, for most peole, distant land. There's so much to see and do, it can be difficult to decide. A good travel guide will help you make your choices regarding which attractions and activities to explore, where to stay, and where to eat. They're also packed with useful and practical tips and background material that will enhance your Alaska adventure. And don't forget to take your travel guide along on your journey - you'll find the maps, descriptions, and contact information useful.

Here are my recommendations for Alaska travel guide books:

1. Fodor's Alaska

Book Cover - Fodor's Alaska 2011
Fodor's Alaska 2011
This guide's gorgeous color photos and detailed maps help you picture your Alaska vacation, even as you plan for it. Fodor's Alaska is filled with practical information from experienced experts. Not only do they provide insight into the best things to see and do, these Alaska experts provide a wealth of additional information on the state's flora and fauna and history and culture.

2. Alaska by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Cruising Alaska

This guide is full of information related to the entire cruise experience. Fascinating, readable chapters cover Alaska's history, natural wonders, and Native culture. The bulk of the book contains detailed reports of the things you may experience along your route. The compelling descriptions make this book a treasure for armchair travelers and a remarkable tool for planning your cruise to Alaska.
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3. Lonely Planet Alaska

Comprehensive information about local attractions, recreation, accommodations, places to eat, and transportation is included. Facts about Alaska - history, geology, flora and fauna, and more - provide a taste of the natural beauty and rich heritage of the region. The breadth and depth of content in this guide makes it an excellent resource for planning your Alaska adventure.

4. Adventure Guide to the Alaska Highway

This guide provides detailed coverage of the length of the Alaska Highway, from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks, through both Canada and the state of Alaska. Expert tips regarding attractions and amenities along the route are addressed; recommended side-trips are also covered. Information related to the Alaska Marine Highway, a coastal ferry service, is included.
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5. Adventure Guide to The Inside Passage & Coastal Alaska

This guidebook provides detailed tips and information for travelers on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system, on a full-service cruise through the Inside Passage, or on an adventure among the Aleutian Islands. In addition to an extensive introductory section, this guide provides both basic and insider information on the sights found along both the Inside Passage and the southern Alaska coast.
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6. Best Places Alaska

Written "by and for locals," this travel guide begins each chapter with descriptions and contact information for attractions, festivals and events, and recreational opportunities. Restaurant and lodging information come next; ratings of four stars (the very best) to zero (worth knowing about) stars are provided, as is location, description, and price information.
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7. Off the Beaten Path: Alaska

This travel guide, Globe Pequot's Off the Beaten Path series, focuses on Alaska's unique places to visit.
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