The Alaskan state flag has a dark bluebackground with eight golden starssymbolizing the Big Dipper and theNorth Star.The name “ Alaska ” comes fromthe Aleut word “Alyeska ”, meaning“The Great Land”. Alaska isnicknamed “The Last Frontier” andthe state motto is “North to theFuture”.
Where is Alaska?Alaska is in North America and borders Canada. Alaska is also 50miles from mainland Russia. It is larger than Texas, Californiaand Montana combined, 591,000 sq. miles.Alaska Geographical RegionsAlaska as part of North America
Sean Parnell is the governor ofAlaska. The governors mansionis located in Juneau, Alaska’sstate capital.By population, the threelargest cities in Alaskaare Anchorage, Juneauand Fairbanks.According to the U. S. CensusBureau, Alaska has apopulation of 731,449 andranks 47th in the United States.Governor, Capitol and Population
Alaska’s State SymbolsThe Alpine Forget-me-notis the state flower. The Sitka Spruce isthe state tree.The official state sportis dog mushing.Jade is the state gem.Gold is the state mineral.The state bird is theWillow Ptarmigan.
Alaska’s GeographyAlaska Topographical Map Alaska Physical FeaturesAlaska’s coastline is longer than the coastline of the continental United States.Alaska has 3 million lakes. Lake Lliamna , the largest fresh water lake, is the sizeof Connecticut. Alaska has 17 of the 20 highest mountains in North America, Mt.McKinley is the highest. The longest river is the Yukon and the largest island isKodiak. Alaska also has active volcanoes, most on the Alaska Peninsula and theAleutian Islands.
Industry and AgricultureAlaska’s main industries are fishing, tourism, oil, mining and timber.Agriculture is mostly for local use. Seafood exporting is how Alaskamakes most of it’s cash.
Famous People of AlaskaJoseph Juneau and Richard Harris made Alaska’s firstmajor gold discovery around 1880. The state capital isnamed after Joseph Juneau.Nell Scott was sworn in as Alaska’sfirst woman legislator in 1937.In 1937, Jack London spentthe winter in the Yukon.From his experiences, hewrote the books “Call of theWild” and “White Fang”.In 2006, Sarah Palin was the youngest person and firstwoman to be elected Governor of Alaska. In 2008 she ranfor Vice President along with John McCain for President.
Visiting AnchorageAnchorage has a lot of things to do. It is located in the Southcentral Region ofAlaska . The best time to visit is late May through September. The AnchorageMuseum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center cost about $12 each. You can goon a Glacier Viewing Day Cruise for about $100. The annual Iditarod Dog SledRace starts the first weekend of March and lasts 6 days. Race tours cost from$1000 to $3000 depending on the number of days.
Visiting JuneauJuneau , the state capital, is located in the Inside Passage of the SoutheastRegion of Alaska. The best time to visit is late May through early September.You can go on a Glacier Bay Whale Watch/Mendenhall Glacier combo tour foraround $125. For $29 you can get an all day unlimited ride ticket for the Mt.Roberts Tramway which takes you up 1,800 feet to a Native American centerwith Totem Poles and a restaurant.
Visiting FairbanksFairbanks is located in the Interior Region of Alaska. It isone of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis, knownas the “Northern Lights”. They are created by solarparticles colliding with atmospheric gases to make thecolors in the sky. The best time to see the “NorthernLights” is late November to March. Tour packages costabout $1400 for 5 days
Fairbanks Ice FestivalThe annual Fairbanks Ice Festival takes placefrom the end of February through March. Ondisplay there are ice sculptures in lots ofshapes and sizes. Artists from all over theglobe compete. To attend the exhibits, it costs$10 a day or $25 for a season pass.
ConclusionI think Alaska is a great state because it has perfect summer weather, it’snot hot! There are so many places to visit and things to do. You can go onwildlife tours and glacier tours. You can visit museums and learn aboutNative American culture and see artifacts. Best of all , I think the “NorthernLights” are totally gorgeous!What made this a special place for me to research is that my parentswent to Alaska for their Honeymoon and had a great time. Right now ourfamily is saving up for a big trip for the four of us to visit Alaska. The thing Iwould like to do the most would be to see the Aurora Borealis, but we willneed to go during the summer. My next two favorite attractions would bea Glacier/Whale Watch tour and to ride the Mt. Roberts Tramway up 1,800feet .
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