One time in Bellingham, Washington, we went in person to the FSS on the field. We were planning a fuel stop in Ketchikan, Alaska, on our way to Fairbanks. Ketchikan was always problematic. It had an ILS, but due to the mountain ridge just west of the final approach course, the minimums were high. The alternates were not close. If we weren’t going to make it into Ketchikan, it was best to know it early so we could plan a different fuel stop.