- Taschenbuch: 448 Seiten
- Verlag: Lonely Planet Publications; Auflage: 10 (1. April 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1741796962
- ISBN-13: 978-1741796964
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 1,8 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 129.008 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Lonely Planet Alaska, English edition (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. April 2012
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Big, breathtakingly beautiful and wildly bountiful; there are few places in the world, and none in the USA, with the unspoiled wilderness, mountainous grandeur and immense wildlife that is Alaska
Doe herausklappbare Karte zerreisst bald einmal, die Darstellung, etc. irritiert irgendwie, die Sprache muss immer so fetzig sein, es ginge auch nüchterner, irgendwas missfällt an diesem Führer.
Ich denke, Lonely Planer Alaska Discovery Guide ist besser.
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My biggest complaint about the book is how little it seemed to provide insider information or tips. Compared to most other guidebook brands I've used (Fodor's, Frommer's and the Hawaii Revealed series), it seemed more like a reasonably well-organized compilation of facts than real opinions. A typical entry says something like "There are 3 outfitters you can use for kayaking in this area. Here is the price and contact information for each." Ok, I mean, that's useful information, but it can easily be found on the internet and it would be much more insightful to have their thoughts about which outfitter might be best or worst and why. Or if it's the case that all outfitters are comparable, then say that, so people aren't left wondering. There are a few useful tidbits, but for the most part the book seems like it could have been written by a savvy internet user who has never visited Alaska, and that's definitely not something you want to be thinking when you're reading a guidebook. They do mark certain things as "top choice" but there's often little explanation given as to why.
I also felt like the organization could use some work. The general breakdown by chapter ("Juneau and the Southeast", "Prince William Sound", "Denali", etc) was fine, but I felt like within those chapters the author jumped around a bit and it was hard to find all the pertinent information about a particular place. For example, there is a discussion of Mendenhall Glacier on p. 129 that references a few good hikes, but then there's a separate section on "Mendenhall Glacier Trails" on p. 119 that describes different trails. They are cross-referenced, but only in one direction, and I found it odd to jump around like that. The book's index is very weak too.
There were also a couple other (more minor) things I did not like about the book. In the section on "Bear Viewing" they say "head to known bear-watching spots such as Ketchikan, Kodiak Islands, or for the elusive polar bear, the Alaska Zoo." Seriously?? You can actually see wild polar bears in Barrow, Alaska. I'm pretty sure most people don't come to Alaska hoping to see a bear in a ZOO. I also have to admit that compared to other guidebooks with glossy pages and color photographs, Lonely Planet's paper, largely black & white pages felt a little low budget and their prices don't seem to reflect the cheaper production cost.
Know that the book has a heavier anti-cruise slant than most guidebooks, although that is not a surprise since Lonely Planet has a reputation as being geared more towards adventurous, independent travelers (also the other guidebook I used in planning our trip - half of which was a cruise - was Fodor's Alaska Ports of Call, which is obviously aimed at cruise travelers). The prices for many things are also significantly higher than those given in the book. The book was written in 2012 and I doubt prices rose that much in 2 years, my guess is they weren't current even when the book was published.
A few things I do really like about the book:
--the "21 top experiences in Alaska" section at the beginning (although I may be biased, because our itinerary, which was largely sketched out before I bought the book, managed to hit about 15 of them)
--the suggested itineraries in the beginning of the book seem like great starters if you haven't planned an itinerary
--The interviews scattered throughout with park rangers, tour operators and other knowledgeable locals
I can tell that my overall Alaskan experience was increased and improved thanks to this book,. This is not the first time that I use a Lonely Planet guide.This one was definitely vivid and very informative to the point where I was able to make decisions during legs of the trip based on information and advice contained in this guide..The historic facts anx other background information bring more context and interest and I will absolutely recommend this book to anyone planning to visit the last frontier..!!
Sometimes that extra thing is a particular theme, or perhaps it's a specifically insightful analysis of something culturally unique (such as the pre-Columbian ruins in Mexico, for example or, perhaps, architecture in Rome). Maybe there's an in-depth appreciation of the geography and corresponding opportunities for ecotourism. A guide can stand out for a simple format device, as many of the DK Eyewitness guides do for their many color photographs. You get the idea. It seems to me, however, that the guide that really has staying power is the one written in that engaging and insightful style that is immediately recognizable as genuine. It's that style that makes you WANT to visit the place being described. It's the style you get with this book.
Just as Jim Morekis has done with his Moon guides to South Carolina and Georgia, or Christina Tree has done with her Everyman's guides to New England states, or Joe Cummings has done with his now classic Moon guide to Northern Mexico, the writers of this book have constructed a guide that oozes authenticity. This is no rush job, and it's in a well-refined tenth edition. Keep in mind that authenticity is not necessarily the same thing as an insider's view. While this book is long on being REAL, it's not particularly focussed on being a companion. Enthusiastic, but not neighborly.
There is a perfect blend of cultural and natural focus in the book. Obviously, Alaska offers a lot in terms of wilderness adventure, and that notion is not lost in the guide, but cultural tourists aren't left hanging either. There's history here, and cultural sights are well covered. Better yet, the authors are skilled in illustrating to us how the cultural and natural are intertwined in Alaska. That makes the place, and the book, unique.
For me, the best part of the book is the unique section on "best hikes and paddles" for those of us who like to get off the train, ship or bus. The "survival guide" section is a bit thin, and is really intended as contextual information rather than as a true survival tool. If you're looking for a guide about how to survive in the bush, you need a different book. Cruisers take note! This is not a guide to cruise ships and cruise tours, so don't buy this book looking for that. While it's a fantastic guide for what to do when you are OFF the ship, it won't help you much with your sailing essentials.
So there you have it. Here's a superb guide for those looking for an enthusiastic presentation of what Alaska has to offer the traveler. Listings of lodgings and restaurants are nearly comprehensive, but are getting a bit dated now. Things don't change very quickly in Alaska, so this book's age isn't too much of a liability.