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Moon Alaska

Tenth Edition, May 2010
Pages: 600

Price: $21.95 USD
ISBN: 9781598803501

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612380636

Travel writer and nature photographer Don Pitcher covers the best of Alaska, from fine dining in Anchorage to backpacking in Denali National Park. Pitcher also includes various travel strategies such as The Best of Alaska and Along the AlCan. Complete with details on where to view wildlife at the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge and the best spots to kayak in Prince William Sound, Moon Alaska gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon Alaska

Enjoy the very best of Alaska with these itineraries:
    • Best of Alaska
    • Bear-Viewing
    • Alaska’s Heartland
    • Top Ten Alaska Towns
    • Northern Exposure
    • A Kodiak Adventure
    • Ferrying Through the Inside Passage
Explore what Alaska has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

    • Southeast Alaska including Ketchikan and Vicinity, Prince Wales Island, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Chichagof Island, Juneau, Admiralty Island, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Haines, Skagway, and Yakutat
    • Anchorage and Vicinity including Matanuska-Susitna Valley
    • Kenai Peninsula including Eastern Kenai Peninsula, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, Northwestern Kenai Peninsula, Homer, and Across Kachemak Bay
    • The Wrangells and Prince William Sound including Copper River Valley, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Richardson Highway South, Valdez, Cordova, and Whittier
    • The Interior including Talkeetna, North from Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Preserve, North to Fairbanks, Fairbanks and Vicinity, Heading out from Fairbanks, and Eastern Interior Alaska
    • Southwest Alaska including Kodiak Island, Alaskan Peninsula, The Aleutian Islands, and Pribilof Islands
    • Western and Arctic Alaska including Dillingham and Vicinity, Bethel, Nome and Vicinity, and The Arctic

Perhaps Don Pitcher’s love of travel came about because he moved so much as a child; by age 15 he had lived in six states and two dozen East Coast and Midwestern towns. Don’s family hails from Maine, but he was born in Atlanta, making him a southerner with New England blood. He moved west for college, receiving a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where his thesis examined wildfires in the high elevation forests of Sequoia National Park. When his first (and only) scientific paper was published, he appeared to be headed into the world of ecological research.

Don then landed what seemed like the coolest job on the planet shortly after grad school: being flown around Alaska’s massive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in a helicopter while conducting fire research. Wild places continued to beckon, and over the next 15 years Don built backcountry trails, worked as a wilderness ranger, mapped grizzly bear habitats, and operated salmon weirs—anything to avoid an office job. After that first season in Alaska, he spent three months in the South Pacific, and quickly found himself addicted to travel. His explorations eventually took him to 35 countries and all 50 states.

After authoring his first book, Berkeley Inside/Out, Don went on to write Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton, Moon Alaska, Moon Wyoming, Moon San Juan Islands, and Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula. He has produced three photographic books, served as editor for Best Places Alaska, and is a contributor to and other websites. Don’s photos have appeared in a multitude of publications and advertisements, and his prints are sold in many Alaska and Washington galleries. He is also a highly regarded wedding photographer.

Don lives in Homer, Alaska, with his wife, Karen Shemet, and their children, Aziza and Rio. Get details on his latest writing and photography projects—along with links to many of the places mentioned in this book—at, or find him on Facebook.