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2019 Resources for planning a visit to Alaska

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The last Resource thread had grown to 5 pages, so I  combined all the info onto one page, checked most of the links and started a new thread.

Hopefully people will recognize that this is an INFORMATIONAL PAGE only and won't gunk it up with questions, etc.

 

 

GENERAL CRUISE INFO:

-- There are books specific to Alaska cruises, with info on cruiselines, ships, itineraries, ports, activities, excursions, etc.  These books include:

'ALASKA BY CRUISESHIP'   by Anne Vipond,   ' ALASKAN CRUISES and PORTS OF CALL'  by Frommer,   ' THE COMPLETE GUIDE to ALASKA CRUISES ' by Fodor.

-- There's also ' THE ALASKA CRUISE HANDBOOK; A MILE BY MILE GUIDE ' by Joe Upton which allows you to pinpoint sights as you sail by, or where wildlife is often seen.

 

-- Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska publishes a Port Schedule. You can find out which ships are in port on the same date as you.

 http://claalaska.com/

 

-   port information .....  http://www.cruiseportinsider.com/portlist.html

 

-  port web cams  .....   http://www.kroooz-cams.com/portcams/us/juneau1.php

 

DESTINATIONS:

Many towns/ports have web sites to promote tourism and local vendors. Look within the web site to find a downloadable VISITOR GUIDE.  

Town web sites provide info on sights, activities, vendors.  Some include maps, suggested itineraries, fishing calendars, hiking trails, etc.  

   

Ketchikan ...    https://www.experienceketchikan.com/  and  https://www.visit-ketchikan.com/  

Ketchikan provides a free shuttle bus during cruise season.  The free route is found within the regular bus schedule .  (You can use the regular schedule service for $2 to access Totem Bight State Park,  $1 for seniors)   http://www.borough.ketchikan.ak.us/DocumentCenter/View/4638

 

Juneau  ....   https://www.traveljuneau.com/

 

Skagway ...  http://skagway.com/

Skagway Goldrush and National Historical Park   .... https://www.nps.gov/klgo/index.htm

 

Icy Strait Point which is the cruise port,  and Hoonah which is the town:

https://icystraitpoint.com/   and     http://visithoonah.com/

 

Victoria BC  ...  https://www.tourismvictoria.com/   Fishermans Wharf   .. http://fishermanswharfvictoria.com/

 

Sitka ....  https://visitsitka.org/

 

Wrangell  ...  http://www.wrangell.com/visitorservices

 

Haines ..... https://www.visithaines.com/

 

Seward ...  http://www.seward.com/

Seward has a free shuttle bus during cruise season. Not advisable if you have lots of luggage. Besides which a cab to downtown costs less than $10.        ..  http://www.cityofseward.us/DocumentCenter/View/3303

 

Homer ...   https://www.homeralaska.org/

 

Anchorage  ...  https://www.anchorage.net/

 

Fairbanks ....  https://www.explorefairbanks.com/

 

Whittier  ....  http://www.whittieralaskachamber.org/   This site also includes the schedule for the Anton Anderson Tunnel 

 

Girdwood  ....  http://www.girdwoodchamber.com/

 

Valdez ...  http://www.valdezalaska.org/

 

Talkeetna  .... https://www.talkeetnachamber.org/

 

Kodiak  ...   http://www.kodiak.org/

 

Matanuska ..... https://www.glacierview-alaska.com/

 

Denali .... from the Chamber of Commerce, info on area activities, lodging, transportation, etc 

           http://www.a1cms.com/_dcc/activities/

 

Seattle ....  https://www.visitseattle.org/     

      Klondike National Historical Park  ..... https://www.nps.gov/klse/index.htm

     Pike Place Market  .... http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/plan-your-visit

      SeaTac Airport  .... https://www.portseattle.org/sea-tac

      Seattle Cruise Ports, pier 66 and 91. Plus free luggage valet info.    https://www.portseattle.org/maritime/cruise

      Light Rail    https://www.soundtransit.org/       Monorail  https://www.seattlemonorail.com/

      

  Vancouver BC ....  https://www.tourismvancouver.com/       Stanley Park   https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx

        SkyTrain ...  https://www.translink.ca/Schedules-and-Maps/SkyTrain.aspx

        Port of Vancouver, Canada Place  ...... https://www.portvancouver.com/cruise/passenger-information/

        YVR  .....  http://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers

 

NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS, Areas:

Denali ....  https://www.nps.gov/dena/siteindex.htm 

Denali reservations ....   https://www.reservedenali.com/  

Denali Summer Newsletter (2017)  ....  https://home.nps.gov/dena/learn/news/upload/alpenglow-summer-2017-508.pdf

 

Glacier Bay  .... https://www.nps.gov/glba/planyourvisit/cruise.htm

 

Kenai Fjords  ... https://www.nps.gov/kefj/index.htm

 

Kenai Peninsula communities/activities  ..... http://kenaipeninsula.org/

 

Exit Glacier  ....  https://www.nps.gov/kefj/planyourvisit/exit-glacier-area.htm

 

Mendenhall Glacier  .... https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tongass/about-forest/offices/?cid=fseprd495443   

                 and ......     https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3835583.pdf

 

Wrangell St Elias NP ....  https://www.nps.gov/wrst/index.htm

 

Tongass National Forest  ...    https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/tongass/home

 

Byron Glacier hike ( near Girdwood)     https://alaskatrekker.com/alaska-glaciers/byron-glacier/

 

ALASKA STATE TRAVEL RESOURCES:

- the Alaska forum of TripAdvisor  (read Top Questions )   ....  https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g28923-i349-Alaska.html

 

- Alaska Dept of Tourism, incl pkg tour info.... https://www.travelalaska.com/

 

-  Alaska Fish and Game with info on fishing, bear viewing sites, etc  ....   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=home.main

 

- Alaska.org has  Things To Do, Scenic Drives, Destinations, Activities, Maps, Time/Distance Travel Chart, pkg tours, a large library of photos and videos

            http://www.alaska.org/

 

-  The Milepost ( mile by mile guide for each hwy in Alaska)   .....  https://www.themilepost.com/

 

-  Bells Alaska ( mile by mile guide for each hwy in Alaska)  .....  https://www.bellsalaska.com/

 

-  Alaska DOT (for current road conditions, accidents, construction ....  http://511.alaska.gov/alaska511/mappingcomponent/index

 

 

GETTING AROUND  

Alaska Railroad  .....  https://www.alaskarailroad.com/

    - there is also a cruise contracted train that stops at the airport.  Check your cruiseline for info.

 

Park Connection Bus (travels between Seward and Denali with stops incl  Anchorage, Whittier, Talkeetna )    .....  https://www.alaskacoach.com/

 

Alaska/Yukon Trails ( bus service between Anc and Fairbanks, incl  Talkeena, Denali )       https://www.alaskashuttle.com/

 

Seward Bus lines  .... http://www.sewardbuslines.net/summer.html

 

Homer Stage Line  ....   http://stagelineinhomer.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by mapleleaves

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This is a great research page.  All the information source you need in one place.  Thanks so much for compiling such a complete list.

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Don't overlook youtube as a great resource !

 

If you want to see what it's like to travel by train to Denali or to Seward,  just enter  'train from anchorage to denali' and you'll find hours and hours of video.

 

You'll also find video of popular excursions...... Kenai cruise, Denali shuttle/tour bus, Fairbanks Riverboat tour,  flightseeing from Talkeetna, jetboat tour in Talkeetna

 

 

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This is a fantastic resource.  Thank you mapleleaves!

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Thank you for gathering this resource page -- what a nice thing to do for those of us who have not been there yet!

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mapleleaves, I hope you plan to start a 2019 Trip reports page.  I can't get enough!  88 days til we board Radiance!!!!

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Such an awesome resource. I wish there was a way to keep this page easily located. I bookmarked it as a most used page. Thanks so much for providing this to all of us, especially folks like Joy and I, who are fairly new to the CC pages. I know that this link is buried in the alaska.org page somewhere but I thought I would provide a direct link. I found it useful in the beginning of our search. Hope this doesn't fall under the category of "gunking it up" ;=] http://www.alaska.org/assets/content/related_items_pdfs/The-Ultimate-Alaska-Road-Map-Book.pdf

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This is fantastic.  I printed it out so I wouldn't loose it.  Thank you so much for all the hard work.  

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I am sensing from some recent questions that this helpful thread needs to be bumped back to the first page of this forum.

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I am researching for next year and this is great having all of this information in one place.  Thank you!!

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On 8/23/2019 at 9:06 AM, mapleleaves said:

Glad people are still finding it helpful. 

Thank you very much. Has been very helpful.

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