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Discover Alaska in Books

Get a head start on your once-in-a-lifetime trip

by exploring Alaska in books.

Reading can be one of the most enjoyable things you can do. You can gain knowledge, escape to another time, or become immersed in another world. Sometimes it’s simply a perfect way to relax with some quiet time.

We have a few months before the Dream Destination Conference cruise begins. Why not take this time to immerse yourself in a book about the DDC17 destination – Alaska?

Invest in a Good Travel Guidebook

When people plan a trip, the first thing they often do is pick up a travel guide. It’s a great way to learn about an area’s history, sightseeing, and unique customs. A good guidebook tells you what should you pack? Where you should go? Which are the must-see attractions and where are the best restaurants?

The Lonely Planet Alaska Travel Guide is a fantastic resource. It offers advice on what to see and skip, and introduces you to the fascinating discoveries that await your arrival. It’ll help you plan your trip around your interests. You’ll discover insider tips to help you save money and get around like a local. It’ll highlight events and adventures and become your trusted travel companion.

Find Good Books Set in Alaska

Any of the 17 Best Books Set in Alaska might also be interesting reads before the trip. Experience entertainment, suspense, and drama in fiction and nonfiction stories set in the Last Frontier.

It would be exciting to seek out and explore details found in these books. Wouldn’t you love to visit the Anchorage locales in Gary Paulsen’s story, Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod? Or, find the school bus where Christopher McCandless’ journey ended in Into the Wild?

Select a Book for the Kids

Don’t forget to include the kids, too. They’ll love to learn about glaciers, animals and Alaskan traditions. It’s one thing to read about them. When they get to see and touch what they’ve learned, the story and experiences are much more meaningful.

A Child’s Alaska is a story that will entertain and educate young adventurers about the Last Frontier. From totem poles to summer berry picking, from sled dog racing to wild animals, it offers an unforgettable Alaskan experience. After reading it, they’ll be looking forward to their upcoming trip.

Through this book, they’ll learn about Alaskan children and how their lives are the same yet different from their own. They’ll discover the magical dancing trails of the Northern Lights. Or, see a picture of a thousand-pound moose eating cabbages in a backyard garden. They’ll find out how big is Alaska? Why do school buses need snow tires? How do the children ride their bikes in the snow? What’s it like to live in the 49th state? This book is a great introduction for your young traveler. Much of what they read about can be seen on their trip!

Take the time to travel to Alaska by diving into the pages of a good book. Reading about it through the eyes of another person can easily create a personal connection. It can be one of the most satisfying ways to get a head start on this once-in-a-lifetime trip.


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