Here are the facts: Alaska is twice the size of Texas, and larger than the 22 smallest states put together. However, only 742,000 people live in Alaska, and half of them live in the state’s largest city: Anchorage.
Meanwhile, only 20% of Alaska is accessible by road. With a land mass of almost 700,000 square miles, there are still only 12 highways.
Meaning, most of Alaska is truly untamed and untouched wilderness.
Beyond the wilderness factor, however, here are 10 other reasons why Alaska should be at the top of your vacation bucket list:
Alaska’s mountains are impressive: covering a wide range of terrain, they often have spectacular features like volcanoes and glaciers. Plus, you have your pick of visiting the Brooks Range, Alaska Range, Wrangell Mountains, and Aleutian Range.
What other state offers as many adventurous opportunities as Alaska? There are many adventures to appeal for visitors with a limited time frame, while still offering stunning beauty, fun activities, and easy convenience.
The wildlife of Alaska is very diverse and abundant. In fact, 98% of the U.S. brown bear population can be found here, as well as the largest population of moose in the world.
Gold Rush History
The Klondike gold rush began in July 1897, when miners returned to their homes from the Yukon with bags of gold. Soon after, the gold rush stampede began, leaving lasting effects throughout Alaska.
No other state in the U.S. has such a broad range of Native cultures as Alaska. From the Arctic Circle to the bottom of southeast Alaska, native culture and rich traditions have been preserved from generation to generation.
Alaska offers some of the most spectacular freshwater, saltwater, and ice fishing in the world. With over 3 million lakes, 12,000 rivers, and thousands of streams, your options are endless.
To no surprise, Alaska is supreme when it comes to seafood. On your Alaskan tour, consider a meal of wild Alaska king crab legs, wild Alaska halibut, fresh Kachemak Bay oysters, or Copper River salmon.
The National Parks
Alaska holds more than half of the U.S. national parklands. With 17 national parks and 16 national wildlife refuges, there is something for everyone here.
Going along with this, Alaska has the nation’s greatest concentration of glaciers as well, with approximately 100,000 covering nearly 30,000 square miles.
The Northern Lights
Alaska is one of the lucky destinations in the world where the Northern Lights can be viewed during the wintertime.
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