Meares Glacier, Alaskahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Meares_glacier.jpg
is the biggest state in the United States. It shares a border with Canada to the east, and faces the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south and Russia across the Bering Strait to the west.
Covering an area of 663,268 square miles, Alaska is the biggest state in the United States. Its size equals the total size of the 22 smallest states in the country. It also has a longer coastline than all the other states combined. However, it is also the least populated, with just 700,000 inhabitants, of which half of these live in or around Anchorage. The capital of Alaska, however, is not Anchorage, but Juneau.
Mount Shishaldin, Alaskahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shishaldin.jpg
Alaska is the only non-contiguous U.S. state. It is separated by a distance of 500 miles (800 km) of British Columbia, Canada, from Washington State in the U.S. The name Alaska has been around since the time it was a Russian colony. The name means "mainland" in the Aleutian language. Alaska became the 49th state of the U.S. on 3 January, 1959.
Alaska is a state with breathtaking landscape. However, much of it is remote and difficult to access. The state has 34,000 miles of tidal shoreline and numerous islands, many of which uninhabited. The state also has more than three million lakes and half of all the world's known glaciers.
Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaskahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mifj_inlet.jpg
Travel to Alaska
Most of the flights to Alaska lands at Anchorage International Airport (ANC) with a fewer number at Fairbanks International Airport (FAI).
You can also arrive in Alaska by road through Canada on the Alaska Highway. Only hardy visitors take this option, as it often require days of driving thorugh rural roads, many of which are perpetually under maintenance.
Alaska Railroad locomotivehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alaska_Railroad_Locomotive.jpg
Travel within Alaska
To go from city to city, flying is the most practical option. There are a number of domestic carriers, the biggest of which is Alaska Airlines. Another option is to go by train. The Alaska Railroad has a service going from Seward to the North Pole, through Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks. This will certainly be an adventurous, memorable ride.
Wonder Lake at Denali National Park, with Mount McKinley in the backgroundhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wonder_Lake,_Denali.jpg
Cities in Alaska
Arranged according to population size.
- Anchorage (279,000)
Biggest city in Alaska.
- Fairbanks (35,000)
Second biggest city in Alaska, the biggest in the Interior region.
- Juneau (31,000)
Capital of Alaska and its third biggest city.
- Ketchikan (7,400)
Southernmost town of Alaska.
- Kodiak (6,200)
City on island of the same name.
- Homer (5,400)
A small town known for halibut fishing.
- Barrow (4,600)
Northernmost city in the United States.
- Unalaska (3,800)
Main town in the Aleutian Islands.
Community of mostly oil field workers in northern Alaska near the Arctic Ocean.
Places of Interest in Alaska
- Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
National Parks of Alaska
Alaska ties with California in having the most number of national parks in the United States.
World Heritage Sites of Alaska
National Monuments of Alaska
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