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Profile of the State of Alaska - Quick Facts and Links
Alaska on a map of North America

Alaska on a map of North America

Nickname: The Last Frontier
Population: Alaska is the 47th most populous state with 731,449 residents (according to 2011 census data)
Size: Alaska is the largest state by area. In fact, Alaska is so large that it is one-fifth the size of the entire continental United States.
Capital: Juneau
Largest City: Anchorage

Known as "The Last Frontier," Alaska became the 49th state in the Union on January 3, 1959. Like Hawaii (the 50th State), Alaska is not part of the Continental United States. It borders a large segment of Canada and shares a maritime border (Bering Strait) on its western front with Russia.

Being the USA's largest and northernmost state, Alaska is full of other superlatives. The state is home to North America's tallest peak, Mount McKinley, also known as Denali. Denali National Park is a six-million-acre park and is among less than one dozen UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the USA. Another UNESCO site in Alaska is the Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek site (which is shared with Canada's Yukon Territory).

Traveling in Alaska is a trip of a lifetime. Most who visit the state opt to take a cruise, which lets them see the state's abundance of flora and fauna while covering a bunch of ground (or sea, as it were).

Guides to Alaska Places on About.com

  • Guide to Alaska Travel from About's Guide to the Northwest
  • Maps of Alaska

  • Google Map of Alaska
  • How Big is Alaska? This interactive map from Alaska.org lets you see a comparison of Alaska against other states. It's a very good reminder that Alaska is HUGE.
  • Interactive and downloadable/printable maps of regions, cities/towns, and parks/public lands from Travel Alaska
  • Top Attractions/Things to Do in Anchorage

  • Fun Things to Do in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Anchorage Photo Gallery
  • Video: What to do in Anchorage, Alaska, on a Rainy Day
  • The Official Website for Anchorage, Alaska, Travel Information
  • Top Attractions/Things to Do in Alaska

  • Denali National Park
  • Alaska Railroad Grandview Train - Anchorage to Seward on the Alaska Railroad
  • Wilderness Discoverer - Small Alaska Adventure Ship
  • Northern Lights: When and How to View the Northern Lights in Alaska
  • Fun Things to Do in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Three Basic Alaska Cruise Itineraries
  • Overview of Denali National Park
  • Overview of All of Alaska's National Parks
  • The Ferries and The Last Frontier. I loved this feature article series in World Hum about traveling by ferries in Alaska.
  • Alaska Reading Resources - Publications and Blogs to follow for insider knowledge on Alaska

  • Alaska.org. An Alaska travel planning site run by Alaskans (novel concept!)
  • Alaska.com. A forum for those with questions (and answers) about Alaska travel.
  • Alaska Dispatch. "News and Voices from The Last Frontier."
  • Anchorage Daily News. Alaska's largest daily newspaper.
  • Alaskan Living. Weblog from Bob Kaufman, Alaska's resident expert on living and traveling in Alaska
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