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Anchorage

Anchorage

Anchorage, the largest city of Alaska is located in the midst of some of the most gorgeous wilderness in the hemisphere while h...

Fairbanks

Fairbanks

While for most people Fairbanks is just the gateway to Denali National Park there's actually plenty to do in & around Fairb...

Juneau

Juneau

The third largest & capital city of Alaska, Juneau sits nestled amongst some of the most breathtaking sceneries in the worl...

Sitka

Sitka

Sitka is undoubtedly the most beautiful of southeast cities in Alaska. Nestled on the west side of Baranof Island it has majest...

Facts

When to visit:
The summer months are the most popular for visiting Alaska. The weather is forgiving, the scenery and wildlife viewing are incomparable, and there’s a lot to do. It’s also the peak of the tourist season, so prices are high and it’s relatively crowded (though Alaska is roomy enough that it isn’t too bad), and the mosquitoes are at their worst.

Winter is just as good a time to visit Alaska, maybe better. The crowds aren’t quite as heavy and the snow sports and activities are top-flight. It’s a far less touristy season, so while there are less tourist-themed amenities the prices are much lower.

Another way to beat summer crowds and prices is to visit the state in May or September. Travelers hitting Alaska in these so called “shoulder months” can miss these annoyances coming or going.

Facts:
State Abbreviation: AK

State Capital: Juneau

Largest City: Anchorage

Area: 656,425 square miles (the largest in the USA)

Population: 655,435 (as of 2004)

State Nickname: The Last Frontier

State Motto: "North To The Future"

Major Industry: Petroleum

Major Rivers: Yukon River, Kuskokwim River, Colville River, Copper River

Major Lakes: Iliamna Lake, Aleknagik Lake, Becharof Lake, Clark Lake

Highest Point: Mt. McKinley - 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level.

Origin of the Name Alaska: “Alaxsxaq”, an Aleut Indian word meaning mainland.