ACCOMMODATIONS : The Baranof Hotel in Juneau is one of the showplaces of Alaska; 96 rooms with private baths. Rates from $8. Coffee shop, private dining rooms, music nightly in the Bubble Room. In Anchorage the Westward is rated among the top hotels, with 160 rooms, $8 single with private bath. Cocktail Lounge and Coffee Shop. Top hotel in Fairbanks is the Nordale, with 100 rooms from $3.50 to $6.50 single. In Ketchikan, the Ingersoll, with 60 rooms from $5, single. All rates given are European Plan. Inns and motels are available at approximately the same rates.
ARTS : In Juneau, the Territorial Museum on the second floor of the Federal Building contains one of the most complete collections of Alaska Indian, Eskimo and Aleut artifacts found anywhere. In Fairbanks, the University of Alaska has a museum on the campus.
BANKS : In Juneau, the First National and B.M. Behrends. In Anchorage, the City Bank of Anchorage, First National Bank, and the National Bank of Alaska. In Fairbanks, the Bank of Fairbanks and First National Bank of Fairbanks. In Ketchikan, Miners and Merchants Bank, and the First National Bank. Many places of business accept traveler’s checks.
CALENDAR OF HOLIDAYS : All national holidays are observed. The Fourth of July is celebrated throughout the Territory with pageants, parades and various demonstrations. In addition, there are two territorial holidays, Seward’s Day on March 30, and Alaska Day, October 18. Opening days of the Salmon Derby in Juneau and Ketchikan are usually declared a civic holiday.
CIGARETTES AND TOBACCO : Same price as in the United States
CLIMATE : Alaska is not a land of ice and snow. It is in the same latitudes as Norway, Sweden and Scotland. In the Arctic and in the area around Fairbanks, it is dry and cold with subzero temperatures in the winter, but quite warm and sunny during the summer months. Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula area have weather comparable to the Midwestern states of the United States. The southern coastal areas are warmed by the Japanese currents. Although the temperatures are not extremely warm or cold, much rain falls the year around in these cities. The days of rain on the chart above are for southeastern Alaska only, and do not reflect the weather conditions in the interior. Best months to visit are May through October.
CLUBS Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Elks, Moose, Eagles, Toastmasters, Toastmistress, Soroptomists, Quota, Business and Professional Women, and National League of American Penwomen, among others. 1 Cards required for Elks. Moose and Eagles.
COMMUNICATIONS 1 Telegraph and telephone facilities to the U.S. and elsewhere. Airmail rate is 6 cents per ounce.
CURRENCY United States currency used throughout Alaska. In southeastern cities Canadian currency is generally accepted.
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENS 1 U. S. citizens must show proof of their citizenship upon their re-entry to the continental United States, i.e., birth certificate or voter’s registration.