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Alaska will easily leave you in awe from its jaw-dropping glaciers, it’s millions of acres of lush forest, and the fact that it is technically the bes...

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Alaska will easily leave you in awe from its jaw-dropping glaciers, it’s millions of acres of lush forest, and the fact that it is technically the best state to see the Northern Lights will make you want to come back again and again.

Alaska is known as "The Last Frontier," "Land of the Midnight Sun" and "The Great Land,"

Alaska is the United State’s largest state and is over twice the size of Texas. Measuring from north to south the state is approximately 1,400 miles long and measuring from east to west it is 2,700 miles wide. Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia. Russians settled here in 1784, and in 1867 the United States purchased the land for two cents an acre. Many thought the harsh habitat was a bad buy until gold was struck in 1872. Alaska became the 49th U.S. state in 1959.

Russia and Alaska are pretty relatively close to each other—just 55 miles! The two places are separated by the Bering Strait, and you can actually see Russia from Alaska on a clear day if you venture to the top of a hill on Cape Prince of Wales and make out mainland Siberia.

The tallest mountain in Alaska is called Denali, the 'Great One'. Mount Denali, formerly called Mount McKinley, is 6,190 m/ 20,310 ft high. Denali is the tallest mountain in the USA. Dog mushing is the official state sport. The Alaska Legislature adopted it in 1972.Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, is the only U.S. capital that is not accessible by road. It can only be reached by plane or boat. Anchorage, the state’s biggest city, is home to the world’s largest and busiest seaplane hub.

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