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Where to get all your Alaska questions answered.

Where to get all your Alaska questions answered A state of superlatives, that's what Alaska is. Here are 8 national parks, 16 national wildlife refuges, and 116 state parks. Public lands total 313 million acres--an area nearly twice the size of Texas.

With so many options, how do you plan a visit? By making one stop at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Anchorage, you can get all the information you need.

The center is sponsored by eight state and federal agencies, including the National Park Service and the Alaska Division of Tourism. At its office in a federal building downtown, an Alaska-savvy staff can steer you to lands from Tongass National Forest in the southeast to Gates of the Arctic National Park to the northwest.

Staff may be able to help you with reservations at popular Denali National Park: 20 percent of the park's campground and shuttle bus spaces are reservable here and in Fairbanks (see below). Reservations can be made only in person, 7 to 21 days ahead. (Remaining spaces are available at Denali, on a first-come basis.)

The center bookstore has a good stock of guidebooks and natural histories, and the U.S. Geological Survey office, just downstairs, carries a full range of Alaska topographical maps for purchase.

Even if you don't need advice, the center is worth a visit. Exhibits highlight Alaska's wildlife, geology, and history, with video displays on everything from coho salmon to volcanoes to musk-ox farming.

The center is at 605 W. Fourth Avenue; summer hours are 9 to 7 daily. For more information, call (907) 271-2737.

Two other centers help travelers elsewhere in the state. In Tok, the Public Land Information Center, on the Alaska Highway, is open 8 to 8 daily in summer; 883-5667. In Fairbanks, the center is at 250 Cushman Street; 451-7352. Summer hours are 8:30 A.M. to 9 P.M. daily.
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Title Annotation:Public Lands Information Center, Anchorage, Alaska
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Date:Jun 1, 1991
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