Alaska, “The Last Frontier”, is arguably the most unique state in the U.S. It has everything from the tallest mountain in North America, Mt. Mckinley, to a coastline that is longer than all other states combined. You might even find a few surprises in Alaska, like its highest recorded temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. but only the 4th most populous state.. It is 425 times the size of Rhode Island and twice the size of Texas. Nearly 1/3 of Alaska is within the Arctic Circle. It is a land of extreme temperatures, bountiful natural resources, incredible wildlife, and astounding wilderness.
Northern Alaska is known as “Arctic Alaska “because of its extreme year round temperatures. The daily minimum temperature is below freezing 324 days out of the year. Barrow, population of 4,434, is one of the 2 largest cities in the region and is the northern most community in the United States. Summer time is the time of sunshine with 24 hours of daylight from May 2nd to August 2nd. Winter brings 24 hours of night from Nov 18th to January 24th.
This region is considered “Alaska’s Panhandle”. The majority of this region is located in the Tonguss National Forest, which is the United States largest national forest. This region alone is larger than Maine and nearly the size of Indiana. Juneau, the state capitol is located here. This region is a popular tourist destination with 80% of all visitors coming from cruise ships.
The Southwest region of Alaska is home to the Ring of Fire. The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes which total 75% of the world’s most active and dormant volcanoes. In addition to volcanoes the Ring Of Fire also gives rise to 90% of the world’s earthquakes with 81% of those being the world’s largest earthquakes.
In the Interior region of Alaska you find Fairbanks, Alaska’s 2nd largest city, extreme temperatures, and mostly wilderness. Mount McKinley can be found in the interior region. It is the highest point in North America at 20,320 feet above sea level. In fact, 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the US are in Alaska. Winter nights in this region bring about a visual wonder, the Aurora Borealis, or commonly called The Northern Lights.
Central South Region
Nearly 40% of the state’s total population of 735,132 lives in this region of Alaska. Anchorage, the most northern city in the US, is located in this region. Prince William Sound is the number one tourist attraction, offering a variety kayaking, sailing, and whale watching.
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