Alaska Excursions

Alaska Excursions

A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.

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What are some Alaska reference and guide books?

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Dozens of Alaska-related books are published each year, and some withstand the rigors of time.

Here are some books that are useful to those who are planning a trip to Alaska -- and to those who already live here. All can be ordered through bookstores or online through the publisher or such companies as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders.

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Guidebooks and General Reference

  • "Alaska Almanac," edited by Don Graydon ($13, Alaska Northwest Books)
  • "Alaska Atlas and Gazetteer" ($20, DeLorme Publishing)
  • "Best Places Alaska," edited by Nan Elliott ($22, Sasquatch Books)
  • "Frommer's Alaska," by Charles Wolforth ($20, IDG Books Worldwide)
  • "The Milepost" ($25, Morris Communications)
  • "Native Peoples of Alaska," by Jan Halliday with Patricia J. Petrivelli and the Alaska Native Heritage Center ($18, Sasquatch Books)


  • "Anchorage," by Elizabeth Tower ($15, Epicenter Press)
  • "City Smart Guidebook: Anchorage," by Donna Freedman ($13, Avalon Travel Publishing)
  • "Fairbanks," by Dermot Cole ($15, Epicenter Press)
  • "Alaska's Kenai Peninsula," by Andromeda Romano-Lax ($13, Alaska Northwest Books)
  • "Interior Alaska," by B.G. Olson ($10, Epicenter Press)

Animals and Plants

  • "Alaska's Wild Plants: A Guide to Alaska's Edible Harvest," by Janice J. Schofield ($13, Alaska Pocket Guide)
  • "Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers: Commonly Seen along Highways and Byways," by Verna E. Pratt and Frank G. Pratt ($16, Alaskakrafts)
  • "Guide to the Birds of Alaska," by Robert H. Armstrong ($25, Alaska Northwest Books)
  • "Wildflowers of Denali National Park," by Verna E. Pratt and Frank G. Pratt ($17, Alaskakrafts; this may be available only as used)

Activities and Public Lands

  • "The Alaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting in the Last Frontier," by Karen Jettmar ($17, Alaska Northwest Books)
  • "Alaska's Accessible Wilderness: A Traveler's Guide to Alaska's State Parks," by Bill Sherwonit and Jeff Schultz ($21.95, Alaska Northwest Books)
  • "Flyfishing Alaska," by Anthony J. Route ($18, Johnson Publishing)
  • "Hiking Alaska," by Dean Littlepage ($17, Falcon Publishing)
  • "Roadside Geology of Alaska," by Cathy Connor and Daniel O'Haire ($18, Mountain Press)
  • "Skiing in Alaska," by Elizabeth Tower ($13, Epicenter Press)
  • "Wild Alaska: The Complete Guide to Parks, Preserves, Wildlife Refuges and Other Public Lands," by Nancy Lange Simmerman and Tricia Brown ($20, Mountaineers Books)
  • "50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park," by Shane Shepherd and Owen Wozniak ($15, Mountaineers Books)
  • "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska," by Helen D. Nienhueser and John Wolfe Jr. ($13, Mountaineers Books)

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