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.
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
Maps of Alaska
Top Attractions/Things to Do in Anchorage
Top Attractions/Things to Do in Alaska
Alaska Reading Resources - Publications and Blogs to follow for insider knowledge on Alaska