Alaska by Jim DuFresne, Greg Benchwick, Catherine Bodry

By Jim DuFresne, Greg Benchwick, Catherine Bodry

Lonely Planet is aware Alaska. Our ninth version promises an experience at each flip, even if you are looking at glaciers calve from a ship, mountain climbing within the Bush or exploring Alaskan local tradition and polar bears in Barrow. Lonely Planet courses are written by means of specialists who get to the center of each vacation spot they stopover at. This absolutely up-to-date variation is choked with exact, functional and sincere suggestion, designed to provide you the knowledge you must utilize your journey. during this consultant: New Alaska for households and Cruising in Alaska chapters Full-Color Alaskan natural world bankruptcy certain eco-friendly Index that can assist you make your travels ecofriendly

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Licensed daycare is available in the cities and often in the major towns throughout Alaska. Most will accept drop-ins for a day during the summer if you want to climb a mountain without having to deal with an infant or toddler. The cost ranges from $30 to $50 a day and it usually needs to be set up in advance. Accepting drop-ins in Fairbanks is Kids N’ Round ( 907-456-5436) and in Juneau Gold Creek Child Development ( 907-586-6085). org), which has an online child-care referrals page to assist in finding a day-care service in Alaska’s largest city.

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A trip from Bellingham to Juneau takes 2½ to four days, depending on the route. Nine ships ply the waters of Southeast Alaska and once a month the MV Kennicott makes a special run from Southeast Alaska across the Gulf of Alaska to Whittier. This links the Southeast routes of the Alaska Marine Highway ferries to the Southcentral portion that includes such ports as Homer, Kodiak, Valdez and Cordova. This sailing is extremely popular because it allows travelers to skip the long haul over the Alcan.

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