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  • share in riverboat history-Alaska

    Sep 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good
    Cons: good

    Summary: On June 15, 2000, the Binkley family, the most prominent family in Alaska riverboat history, celebrated 50 years of sternwheel cruises on the Chena and Tanana Rivers in Fairbanks. If that sounds impressive, you will be quite impressed to know that the ... read more

  • Alaskan Cruise Shore Excursions: Ketchikan and Totem Bight

    Aug 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Rich with Indian history
    Cons: Not for children

    Summary: Visiting Ketchikan and Totem Bight as a shore excursion on our recent cruise was a delightful departure from the real world for us. The rich Indian heritage abounds and is evident by the world's largest collection of totem poles. About ... read more

  • Drive to Alaska

    Aug 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful gorgeous scenery, easy drive
    Cons: lots of mosquitoes

    Summary: If you're thinking of visiting Alaska, you can certainly fly in or take a ferry. But if you have enough time, don't count out driving to Alaska! The trip is beautiful and a relatively easy drive. I've only driven to Alaska once (when ... read more

  • Tacks General Store and Restaurant

    Jul 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fantastic food and service
    Cons: a bit more expensive than you'd think

    Summary: About 20 miles outside of Fairbanks, this spot is not to be missed. There is an entire community of people living along Chena Hot Springs Road, which leaves Fairbanks and deadends after 70 miles at the hot springs. A lot of mushers live in ... read more

  • Chena Hot Springs Resort

    Jul 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Rustic, quiet, fantastic all year long, romantic, great food
    Cons: A little too rustic for some

    Summary: Chena Hot Springs is one of the finest resorts to visit in interior Alaska. During my 5 years in the nearby town of Fairbanks, I treated myself to many weekends at the resort, and even worked there for about 3 months. The Resort in ... read more

  • Everyone should see Alaska!!

    Jul 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: One of the most beautiful places I've seen, alive with history.
    Cons: Cant think of any - but if you can, skip the cruise ship and see everything you can

    Summary: Alaska is so beautiful that the photos I took simply don't do it justice. The gigantic snow capped mountains, the glaciers, and the wildlife are all what I expected, only more beautiful. My fiance and I just travelled for ten days by cruise ship, from ... read more

  • Alaskan cruise shore excursions: Skagway

    Jul 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beauty of area
    Cons: Tour was a bit overpriced

    Summary: This is my second editorial about our recent Alaskan cruise. We sailed on the Sky Princess (see previous review) and visited Skagway on the way back from the Hubbard Glacier. History of Skagway: Founded in 1888, Skagway's White Pass ... read more

  • From Ketchikan to Denali.......

    Jun 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beauty Beyond Belief
    Cons: quite expensive

    Summary: When I lived in Phoenix, the Alaska Tourism Bureau used to run ads that said 'Once you've been to Alaska, you'll never go all the way home...,'and I'm here to tell you, it's the truth! My aunt, two cousins, and myself spent a month backpacking ... read more

  • The Smallest Little Bar in Alaska

    Jun 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cordiality, coziness, and unique
    Cons: Must come early for good seat

    Summary: What do the numbers 5, 8, and 13 have in common with the “diamond” and “Beetle”? Well, read on to discover why Shirley Fisk’s place of business in Kodiak, Alaska is renown round and about the Island and on the mainland. Back in 1990, Jim and ... read more

  • Salmon fishing in Alaska: a (slightly gross) practical guide

    Jun 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Relaxing, yet thrilling; a chance to catch one of the tastiest fish around
    Cons: Not for PETA members or the squeamish

    Summary: One of the most memorable experiences of my recent trip to Alaska (albeit one I don’t necessarily want to repeat) was our king salmon fishing trip. The salmon run only during June and July and fishing for kings is tightly regulated; you can only keep one ... read more

  • The Best SUMMER I Never Did Have !!

    Jun 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's awesome...beautiful.
    Cons: takes forever to drive anywhere.

    Summary: That's right...the best summer I never did have! Because I spent it in Alaska! I know a wonderful lady who lives about 3 hours out of Anchorage. It a little town in the middle of nowhere! She and her soon to be husband had lived there ... read more

  • Ten Top Reasons to Visist Kodiak Island

    Jun 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Idyllic and scenic
    Cons: Lack of a wide variety of commercial family entertainment

    Summary: There are really hundreds of reasons to visit Kodiak Island. When you imagine how you might rediscover Mother Nature in her prime, the ways and means are almost innumerable. In reality, only Deity has the right to a perfect top ten list. But ... read more

  • Kodiak Moments

    Jun 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Tremendous hunting and fishing
    Cons: Expensive lodging

    Summary: What is your first thought when you hear the word Kodiak? If you are like most of us you think bear—big bear, impressive bear. Well, you should seriously think large, brown, dangerous and Kodiak. There are over 3000 very large and very brown ... read more

  • I can't wait to go back!

    Jun 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: breathtaking views, beautiful countryside
    Cons: none

    Summary: About eight years ago, one of my sisters moved to Anchorage Alaska. She was flown out by the company she worked for, which left her with the choice of buying a new car, or having her own car brought out to her! Luckily, she chose to have her car sent ... read more

  • Valdez Has Something for Everyone

    May 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: scenic beauty, variety of activitities
    Cons: off the main route

    Summary: Valdez is one of my favorite Alaskan cities. It is located in South Central Alaska on the Prince William Sound about 100 air miles and over 300 land miles from Anchorage. The trip there will take you past amazing mountain ranges, glaciers, and ... read more

  • Alaska: land of the rabid penguins

    May 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Really well-sized mountain
    Cons: Frisky penguins

    Summary: Only one state in the world could ever be capable of creating a coffeehouse of such prestige as Caribou Coffee. This amazing state of wonder is none other than Alaska. Being one of ButterMelter’s 5 favorite states, there is much to talk about. I have ... read more

  • Extend Your Cruise

    May 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful, and your own boss
    Cons: Takes a bit more work on your own

    Summary: If you are going to cruise the Inside Passage I strongly suggest that you extend your visit even if just for a few days and visit the interior of Alaska. We cruised the Inside Passage and then the Gulf of Alaska to Seward and were bussed to ... read more

  • trip of a lifetime

    May 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: natural beauty, peace and quiet
    Cons: cold and wet, somewhat expensive

    Summary: I traveled to Juneau in early April for my wedding. Not because I knew anyone there, just because I thought it would be fun and I truly had the time of my life. We stayed in a gorgeous bed and breakfast (the only way to go) called the Wolf House ... read more

  • Alaska: Pretty and Almost Perfect

    Apr 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Beauty
    Cons: Cold Weather

    Summary: Alaska is a very pretty place to visit. I lived here for about four years. Alaska is more of a place to relax and see the sights of beauty. In Alaska you have the mountains and glaciers and even the northern lights. It is very pretty here. ... read more

  • Kodiak Island - A Fisherman's Paradise!

    Mar 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Not a Tourist Trap, Lots of Great Fishing!
    Cons: Expensive (Hey, It's Alaska)!

    Summary: How many people can say they've had the pleasure of visiting the majestic state of Alaska? I never thought I'd get there, so on a whim one day, I took a job that would allow me the luxury of two full weeks in scenic Kodiak Island. I was alone, ... read more

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