Alaska is the biggest state in the United States of America and often called ‘The Last Frontier’ because of its vast and pristine wilderness. It’s much more than ice & snow for reasons we’re about to inform you about. Alaska’s name comes from the Eskimo word Alakshak, which means “great lands” or “peninsula”.
 
Alaska is HUGE
Not only is Alaska the biggest state, it’s twice the size of Texas and as you can see, a map of Alaska superimposed onto the lower 48 states stretches from coast to coast! Alaska’s coastline, at 6,640 miles, is longer than the coastlines of all the other states combined. If you include the coastlines of Alaska’s islands, it adds up to a shocking 33,904 miles of shoreline!

 
Volcanoes
Over 100 volcanoes and volcanic fields have been active in Alaska in the last 1.5 million years. They account for 80% of all active volcanoes in the United States and 8% of all active, above-water volcanoes in the world.

 
Glaciers
100,000 glaciers cover about 5% of Alaska, making it the place with the most active glaciers in the inhabited world. More than 50% of all glaciers on Earth are in Alaska. They are a bosslike sight to see! The easiest way to view them is on a cruise ship that rides up close to them. For the more adventurous bosses, you can also take a dog sledding trip on some of them or go ice climbing!

 
Northern Lights
Aurora Borealis, which is commonly referred to as northern lights, can be seen an average of 243 days each year in some parts of Alaska (i.e. Fairbanks). They are stunningly beautiful!

 
Tallest Mountain
If you wanna do it up big, go to Alaska. Mount McKinley rises up to 20,320 feet above sea level and is commonly referred to as “Denali”, which means “The Great One”. It’s massive, so that name truly applies. If you want to climb the tallest mountain in North America, this is the one! 17 out of the 20 highest mountain peaks in the USA are in Alaska.

 
Sarah Palin
While we may not agree with most of her political views, she is pretty entertaining. And she wasn’t lying when she said she could see Russia from Alaska. At its closest point, Russia is just three miles away from Alaska and you can see it from Little Diomede Island! Here are some pictures of Sarah Palin holding guns, because why not?

 
This one is fake, but we just had to share it!

 
Activities
With Alaska being the biggest state, you’ve got so much room for activities!

 
You can go on a dog sled ride, which is an amazing experience!

 
Take a ride in a tiny plane to see glaciers, incredible wilderness, and other sights from above. It’s called flightseeing and it’s very Alaskan! Countless towns and villages in Alaska can only be reached by plane. Alaska has 16 times as many planes per capita than the rest of the United States for a reason.

 
Whale watching is possible in Alaska, where you can see numerous whale species in their natural surroundings. Blue, Grey, Humpback, Sperm, Killer, and Beluga whales can all be seen, if you’re lucky!

 
Of course you can also go fishing, hunting, rafting, camping, etc. in Alaska. Make sure you don’t get eaten by a bear or trampled by a moose though!


 
 
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