Aurora Grant Wilson Photography
Photo of the aurora borealis courtesy of Grant Wilson Photography (Instagram: @grant_wilson)

The climate of Alaska makes it a challenging state to chase an Author Adventure trail, causing it to be a seasonal choice. We expect that at least some of the state’s nearly 2 million visitors a year share an interest in literary travel so we designed this trail honoring the writings of a major poet, adventure-seeking survivors (a newspaper publisher and popular author), two environmentalist writers and a contemporary Young Adult author.

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A. Oscar Anderson and Barry Lopez, Anchorage
B. John Smelcer, Whittier
C. Robert Service, Skagway
D. John Muir, Alexander Archipelago
E. Jack London and Robert Service, Dawson City

To begin a trail from lower Alaska and work your way up, start with the Alexander Archipelago that John Muir described in Travels in Alaska, then head to Skagway, then Dawson (yes, it’s in Canada, outside our website’s boundaries, but if you are a Jack London fan…) and end in Anchorage. Or, if you want to stay on the mainland (excluding the Alexander Archipelago islands), here is a trail starting in Anchorage: Alaska Author Adventures Trail, a very long trek that, in the best of circumstances, is at least 28 hours of driving.

Major thanks to photographer Grant Wilson for contributing the pic on this page.

Here is a timeline of historical sites connected with Alaska:

Key Times of Literary History © Author Adventures