Our web site features a lot of Alaska information. Learning more about Alaska's history, glaciers, geology, and wildlife can make your visit to Alaska a more rewarding experience.

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Our web site features a lot of Alaska information. Learning more about Alaska's history, glaciers, geology, and wildlife can make your visit to Alaska a more rewarding experience.

Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park Cultural Resources
The Harding Icefield
The Retreat of Exit Glacier
Bear Glacier Changes With Global Warming
Kenai Fjords Glaciers  - Glacial Features
Kenai Fjords Wildlife
Kenai Fjords Historic Resource Study (online book) by Linda Cook and Frank Norris

Glaciers and Icebergs
A Tour of the Life of a Glacier
Glacier Types
Iceberg sizes, shapes and Classifications
Glossary of Glacier Terminology

Denali National Parks
Denali National Park (National Park Service)

Brown Bear in AlaskaArctic National Wildlife Refuge
US Fish & Wildlife Arctic National Wildlife
Defenders of Wildlife - Save the Arctic
Organization Working to Open ANWR
Porcupine Caribou Herd Satellite Collar Project
Porcupine Caribou Herd
Three Caribou Herds
FAQ Caribou
Muskoxen "omingmak" the Bearded One
Polar Bear

Katmai National Park
Administrative History of Katmai and Aniakchak NPS Units, Alaska (online book) by Frank B. Norris
Witness Firsthand Accounts of the Largest Volcanic Eruption in the Twentieth Century NPS ebook PDF File
Story of a House. Discovery, excavation, and prehistoric home site at Brooks River. NPS ebook PDF File
Bears of Brooks River to help you identify the bears and learn their life stories. NPS ebook PDF File
Katmai National Park
Katmai, Alaska Volcano Observatory
Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska
Katmai, Oregon State University
Katmai Video, Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

Alaska Railroad
Alaska Railroad History
Alaska Railroad Wiki
Alaska Central Railroad Tunnel No. 1

Alaska Cities
Population, Location, Climate, History, Culture, Demographics, Economy and Transportation
Anchorage Denali Fairbanks Girdwood Homer
Juneau Kenai Ketchikan Petersburg Seward
Sitka Skagway Talkeetna    

List of all the maps available from our site.

Some of the most updated topographic maps for Alaska are the Trails Illustrated maps. Printed on waterproof paper making them ideal for use in Alaska wet temperate rainforest environment. CLICK HERE: Alaska Trails Illustrated maps.

Alaska is big. Really big. It's hard for most people to understand just how large Alaska really is. To try to picture this vastness, take a look at this map graphic of Alaska superimposed over the lower 48 states (continental United States). The most important advice we can give you is "seeing less means seeing more". Many travelers don't realize just how long it can take to get from one location to another. You could easily spend your whole vacation just getting from one location to the next and not have time to enjoy what Alaska has to offer. If your time is limited, plan on visiting just one or two locations and take time to immerse yourself in Alaska's national history, wilderness and spectacular scenery.

Suggested Alaska Reading List

Travels in AlaskaTravels in Alaska
by John Muir

John Muir first saw Alaska in 1879, only twelve years after it was purchased from Russia by the United States. Four more times, in 1880, 1881, 1890, and 1899, he was drawn back to this land of rivers and glaciers, sunsets and northern lights, campfires and Arctic stars. Few people have lived so many adventures, yet Muir was not a mere collector of adventure; the hazards he encountered - and many were spine-tingling - came as a result of his intense desire to examine new aspects of the natural world.
Alaska: A NovelAlaska: A Novel
by James A. Michener

In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us through Alaska's fierce terrain and history, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling present. As his characters struggle for survival, Michener weaves together the exciting high points of Alaska's story: its brutal origins; the American acquisition; the gold rush; the tremendous growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the arduous construction of the Alcan Highway, undertaken to defend the territory during World War II. A spellbinding portrait of a human community fighting to establish its place in the world, Alaska traces a bold and majestic saga of the enduring spirit of a land and its people.
Coming into the CountryComing into the Country
by John McPhee

An unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush.

Readers of McPhee's earlier books will not be unprepared for his surprising shifts of scene and ordering of events, brilliantly combined into an organic whole. In the course of this volume we are made acquainted with the lore and techniques of placer mining, the habits and legends of the barren-ground grizzly, the outlook of a young Athapaskan chief, and tales of the fortitude of settlersÑordinary people compelled by extraordinary dreams.

Alaska: A History of the 49th StateAlaska: A History of the 49th State
by Claus-M Naske and Herman E. Slotnick

The largest by far of the fifty states, Alaska is also the one of greatest mystery and diversity. Geological forces have made its more than half-million square miles a region of breathtaking beauty and awesome contrasts. And, as Claus-M. Naska and Herman E. Slotnick show in this revised and updated edition of their book, the history and development of Alaska's peoples has matched the diversity of its landscapes and seascapes.
Exploring Alaska's Kenai Fjords Exploring Alaska's Kenai Fjords
by David Miller

Exploring Alaska's Kenai Fjords is the most comprehensive marine guide available to the Kenai Peninsula outer coast. Ideal for planning, the guidebook provides information for small boat mariners, ocean kayakers, weekend beachcombers, and others about the intricate coastline that links Prince William Sound with Cook Inlet, in southcentral Alaska.

The guide book provides information on anchorages, camping, hiking, beachcombing and kayaking routes with the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Birds of Alaska Guide to the Birds of Alaska
by Robert H. Armstrong

Guide to the Birds of Alaska has been a must-have for Alaska birders for more than twenty-five years. Completely updated text and all new photographs from Robert Armstrong distinguish this fifth edition. Every bird will be illustrated including the casuals and accidentals. This comprehensive guide provides the most current knowledge about the birds in Alaska, including the 478 species on the 2007 list (up from 457 in the previous edition)
Wild Flowers of the Yukon, Alaska & Northwestern CanadaWild Flowers of the Yukon, Alaska & Northwestern Canada
by John G. S. Trelawny

Over 200 pages of gorgeous colour photographs illustrate informative descriptions and useful facts for each species. This new, updated edition will satisfy even the most discriminating botanist while remaining accessible to the amateur naturalist.
Discovering Denali: A Complete Reference Guide to Denali National Park and Mount McKinley, AlaskaDiscovering Denali: A Complete Reference Guide to Denali National Park and Mount McKinley, Alaska
by Dow Scoggins

An all-inclusive tour guide to Denali National Park and Mount McKinley. Find the secrets of Denali's treasures, wildlife. local festivals, the annual lottery to be allowed to drive the length of the park, hiking and climbing maps, summer and winter activities, local towns, and state parks.
In the Shadow of Denali: Life and Death on Alaska's Mt. McKinley In the Shadow of Denali: Life and Death on Alaska's Mt. McKinley
by Jonathan Waterman

Rising more than 20,000 feet into the Alaskan sky is Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. In this collection of exhilarating and stunning narratives, Jonathan Waterman paints a startlingly intimate portrait of the white leviathan and brings to vivid life the men and women whose fates have entwined on its sheer icy peak.
Making History: Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Life on the Alaska PeninsulaMaking History: Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Life on the Alaska Peninsula
by Patricia Partnow

A model of innovative ethnohistory, this account of the Alutiiq people of the Alaska Peninsula spans some 9000 years, from archaeological traces to World War II, concentrating on the 200 years between Russian occupation and the start of the war with Japan. Unlike most historical documentation of the region, it is not a passive record: using collective and individual histories of a people as captured through writing, artifact, oral history, and personal narrative, Partnow weaves a rich story of Alutiiqs not only making their own history, but also expressing a unique perception of the very nature of history. Numerous historical and contemporary maps and photographs, as well as Partnow's historical and cultural background.
Looking Both Ways: Heritage & Identity of the Alutiiq PeopleLooking Both Ways: Heritage & Identity of the Alutiiq People
by Aron Crowell

Combining archaeology, history, and oral tradition, it traces the Alutiiq path through ancestral generations to contemporary life, including today's compelling issues of cultural identity and autonomy. The Alutiiq art, objects, and images featured are signposts along the way. Diversity is one of the signal points of the text: no one voice could tell the whole story, and no single approach defines what it truly means to be Alutiiq. The many contributors range over Alutiiq relations with neighboring Alaska Native peoples and with non-Native colonizers, with the sea and land, with place and time, with animals and spirits. Alutiiq writers, elders, and storytellers convey a many-sided sense of cultural values and beliefs, even as they recall the struggle to survive more than two centuries of Russian and Euro American domination.
Bears: A Year in the Life Bears: A Year in the Life
by Matthias Breiter

The book focuses on an entire year in the lives of the three bear species found in North America -- the brown bear, the black bear and the polar bear. Matthias Breiter shows how these widely feared but rarely encountered animals hunt, feed, play, mate and breed.

Based on the bears' yearly cycle, from when they awaken from hibernation and give birth in February through the return of winter and another hibernation

Making History: Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Life on the Alaska PeninsulaThe Milepost 2014
by Kris Valencia

The MILEPOST is the "quintessential" travel guide to Alaska and the highways and byways of the North. Since 1949, this "bible of North Country Travel" has offered details on road conditions, ferry travel, lodging, camping, fishing, sightseeing and services in Alaska, Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories. Travelers will find trip planning help and answers to frequently asked questions on such topics as wildlife viewing, crossing the border and traveling with pets. Updated annually, The MILEPOST¨ gives readers nearly 800 pages of detailed information on everything from the famous Alaska Highway system to cruising Alaska's Inside Passage.
Making History: Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Life on the Alaska PeninsulaAlaska Atlas & Gazetteer
by DeLorme

The first choice of outdoors enthusiasts. Beautiful, detailed, large-format maps of every state. Perfect for home and office reference, and a must for all your vehicles. Gazetteer information may include: campgrounds, attractions, historic sites and museums, recreation areas, trails, freshwater fishing site and boat launches, canoe trips or scenic drives.
Making History: Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Life on the Alaska PeninsulaDenali National Park, Guide to Hiking, Photography and Camping
by Ike Waits

A guide to day hiking, backpacking, camping and photography in Denali National Park plus 3 hikes in Denali State Park. Day hikes and backpacks, including walks to picnic. You will find: 46 day hikes ranging from a half-hour to 8 hours in length, 23 rated as easy; 7 day hikes to do from Wonder Lake or Teklanika campgrounds; 12 backpacking trips plus 30 of the day hikes can be extended to backpacks; 6 hikes near the park entrance; 3 popular backpacking trips in Denali State Park; Highlights and detailed descriptions for each hike; Ideas for variations on many of the hikes; Hike maps based on topographic maps; and Name of USGS maps useful for each hike. This book also covers: Techniques for hiking in tundra and trailless conditions; Tips for photographing Mt. McKinley and wildlife; Information about park campgrounds and bus system; Addresses of companies providing transportation to the park from Anchorage and Fairbanks; and Contacts for information, lodging reservations, maps and books.

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