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The Essential alaska reading list

We love reading about Alaska! If you’ve ever been on one of our tours, you’ll know that we stock our coaches with Alaska/Yukon libraries. The Last Frontier is a place that is wild with history and stories of men and women that have braved the elements to call it home. The books below will fill your dreams with the grandeur of Alaska, a state we are proud to discover. So whether you are planning your dream Alaska vacation, are busy packing for your next Alaska adventure, or just love Alaska, we invite you to grab one of these books and delve in! HAPPY READING!


I want to highlight the first book on the list,  as this brand new book features so many locations that are included in our Alaska tours. In this lighthearted read, Mark retraces the steps of the 1898 Harriman expedition across Alaska to rediscover what acclaimed scientists, including Muir, discovered before him, and to make a few discoveries of his own. Mark details humorously his impressions of “lawless Wrangell; Skagway, epicenter of the Klondike Gold Rush; the old Russian capital, Sitka; and Glacier Bay” all places explored by Muir. He goes farther with the Harriman expedition to “scouting Prince William Sound, Kodiak Island, the Aluetians, and beyond”. All of these places we visit with our tours making this a great read for upcoming guests!

Where the Sea Breaks it's Back, By Corey Ford

Coming Into the Country, By John McPhee

Travels in Alaska, By John Muir

Songs of a Sourdough, By Robert W. Service

Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings, By Jonathan Raban

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, Journals By Richard Proennecke

Two Old Women, By Velma Wallis

Two in the Far North, By Margaret E. Murie

Ordinary Wolves, By Seth Kantner

Alaska, By James A. Michener


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