By Charles P. Wohlforth
Frommer's. the simplest journeys begin the following. event a spot the way in which the locals do. benefit from the top it has to provide. * Insider suggestion on having fun with the nice Alaskan wasteland, from whale-watching and kayaking to fishing for Pacific salmon. * Outspoken reviews on what is worthy some time and what is no longer. * designated costs, so that you can plan the proper journey no matter what your finances. * Off-the-beaten-path reports and undiscovered gemstones, plus new takes on best points of interest.
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Most passengers come into Anchorage through Seattle, but for a bit more you can fly nonstop to Anchorage from various major cities. There are far more choices in summer than in winter. com) has more flights than all other airlines combined, with as many as 20 a day to Seattle in summer and summer nonstops to many cities around the country. Alaska Airlines is the only jet carrier with more than token coverage anywhere in the state other than Anchorage and has arrangements with commuter lines that fan out from its network to smaller communities.
In some popular areas, cruise lines have bought everything in sight, even historic attractions. Holland America and Princess, both now owned by Carnival, developed independently as the primary competitors E S C O R T E D T O U R O R D O - I T- Y O U R S E L F ? in Alaska and still operate separately. Each offers tours as short as a couple of hours to independent travelers who want to combine their own exploring with a more structured experience. All can be booked through any travel agent. Other cruise lines also offer land tours, but typically only for their own passengers.
It often makes more sense to buy a new stove in Alaska and then give it away or ship it back to yourself at the end of the trip. Much car camping equipment is bulky and hard to fit into your limit of two checked bags. Consider renting some of your gear here: rental agencies are listed with large towns in this book. You can also use the mail, sending packages to yourself care of General Delivery at any post office, or simply invest in compact backpacking equipment that you can fit in your luggage.