Why was this site created?

Although a large number of helpful books and websites exist providing resources for Alaska-philes, we felt they were not always comprehensive enough, they were not always user-friendly, they focused too much on summer tourism, and they rarely made use of modern integrations and tools. This ambitious project strives to create a modern interactive website that acts as a community space and integrated educational resource for the great state of Alaska.

I want to add information to a page? How do I do that?

Great! A lot of untapped knowledge exists around the state. If you have knowledge about something on the site, you are welcome to share it with others. This website seeks to establish reliable and comprehensive resources that are contributed by people like you from around the state.

Several methods for sharing information exist on this site. The easiest way to add information to a listing page is to add a review. You can also improve unclaimed listings by clicking the button “I can Improve this Listing” in the sidebar. You can even add new listings if you find something missing. All submissions will be reviewed before publication for relevance, quality of information, and other factors. We reserve the right to edit your submission for clarity, accuracy, and to make the site as useful as possible. Submissions are not guaranteed to be approved, and we reserve the right to determine what listings and other information will be included or excluded on the site.

How do I make suggestions?

Go to the Contact Us page and send us your suggestions for features that you would like to see or other improvements.

How is Alaska Handbook supported?

This site was created with the primary to create useful information and tools. Therefore, Alaska Handbook content is offered for free to users. So, how do we keep the lights on, so to speak? Although we offer you content for free, we earn small commissions when people click links to Amazon products (affiliate links) or view advertisements. Amazon pays Alaska Handbook a small commission on any purchases made after the link is clicked at no additional cost to you. Do you shop on Amazon? You can help out this site a lot simply by clicking on ads or Amazon products. We thank you for helping us keep content free with minimal ads!

In addition to Amazon links, we are developing the Alaska Handbook Store, which will feature a variety of Alaska oriented products.

How we DON’T make money: We don’t sell your data to third parties. 

What can I do with an Account?

In order to be able to interact with this website and take advantage of all of the features, you will first need to claim a FREE account. This is most easily done in the top righthand area in the header. If you are using a mobile phone, you will need to expand the options at the top of the page by clicking on the three horizontal bars. There should also be a place to create an account in the footer.

Review Places

Every place has a section for posting reviews. You are welcome to include helpful advice to users and other useful information in your review.

Create Lists of your Favorites

Every listing can be added to a List. You can create lists for anything. You can even use your list for creating a custom itinerary for a vacation.

Interact with Others

Alaska Handbook has several features that allow for interactivity between users. All accounts come with basic social media components that will likely look familiar to anyone that uses other social media apps, such as Facebook. Just like Facebook, you are able to add others as friends, post comments, and more.

Speak Up in Groups and Forums

Alaska Handbook currently has over 500 groups that each have a dedicated discussion forum. Alaska Groups can be easily joined to create online communities based on interest or location.

To use the Forums, you can either find them as a tab on each group homepage, or you can find a forum on the Alaska Forums page. On the Alaska Forums page, you can search for a discussion category, then find or start a specific topic thread.

Group and Forum categories include everything from Alaskan communities to Alaskan cultures to Alaskan activities. Topics within each of those forums can be named after specific Alaskan interests or named after a specific Alaskan group or organization that relates to the overall forum category.

Add a New Listing

Do you see something missing? If there is something missing that you think should be added, you are welcome to fill out the Add Listing form, which can be found in the footer at the bottom of any page. All new listings will be reviewed before being published.

Before posting a new listing, please make sure that the listing has not already been added. Some places go by more than one name, so you are encouraged to search the site for all possible names to verify that the place is not listed. Make sure that the listing you would like to add can be listed under existing categories. This site will continually be expanded, but for now, we will generally only accept listings that work within the categories we currently have. If you think we should add a category that we don’t currently have, you are welcome to contact us using the Contact Us page to share your suggestion.

When adding a new listing, please be as accurate as you can. Please proofread and spell check anything you write. If you are posting images, make sure that you have the right to post the image (don’t post copyrighted images by other people).

If you own or manage the place you are adding, you are welcome to claim it. You should find a checkbox on the listing form where you can choose to claim the listing.

Update an Existing Listing

If you want to improve a listing, but you don’t own or manage the place, you can find the green button called I Can Improve This Place. That will take you to a form where you can submit your improvements. Submissions will be reviewed before being accepted.

If you own or manage a place that is already listing on this site, you are welcome to claim it. To claim the listing, go to the listing page and look for the green button that says I Manage this Place. That button should take you to the claim form. All claim forms will be reviewed before being accepted. 

When updating a listing, please be as accurate as you can. Please proofread and spell check anything you write. If you are posting images, make sure that you have the right to post the image (don’t post copyrighted images by other people).