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Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for approximately two cents per acre. The land went through several administrative changes before becoming an organized (or incorporated) territory in 1912, and the 49th state of the U.S. in 1959. Alaska is the largest US state and has a longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined.


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» Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

Encompassing 4.9 million acres, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge is America's largest marine refuge, spread out along most of Alaska's 47,300 miles of coastline. It is home to a range of ecosystems, wildlife species and experiences as well as a wide range of contrasting landscapes, some of which include beaches, tundra, mountains, rainforests, valleys, cliffs, lakes and volcanoes. It's also a bird-watchers paradise, known for its 40 million seabirds representing 30 species …

» Alaska Native Heritage Center

Alaska Native Heritage Center

The Alaska Native Heritage Center serves as a welcome wagon for all visitors to Alaska's rich and diverse history. Here you'll be able to experience and interact with Native people and their traditions first-hand. Native storytelling, artist demonstrations, Native dance and game performances allow visitors to feel as if they're living an authentic experience. This is not just a museum - audience participation is encouraged! …

» Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

Welcome to what is most likely heaven on Earth for Nordic fauna fanatics! The Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary is a 40-acre rainforest consisting of immense spruce, hemlock and cedar trees with a forest floor covered with several different kinds of moss, wild flowers and berries. A living postcard of the Alaskan wildlife, the sanctuary is located just a few miles outside the picturesque and tranquil fishing community of Herring Cove …

» Alaska State Museum

Alaska State Museum

Juneau's deservedly popular Alaska State Museum celebrates the region's art, history and the natural world. If you've ever wanted to see a life-size eagle-nesting tree, this is the place to come. The museum was established in 1900, and its extensive collection spans a wealth of historical and indigenous materials. The museum successfully brings Alaskan history and science to life, with stuffed bears, re-created landscapes, totem poles and 3-D installations to help tell the story …

» Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Alaska is known for its wildlife, and at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center you can see an array of native species in one place. You'll learn the individual stories of each animal and their species in general from knowledgeable staff members. The animals you'll probably see-and get surprisingly close to-include bears, moose, eagles, reindeer, elk, musk oxen, wood bison, lynx, caribou, Sitka black-tailed deer and porcupine. The center works to rehabilitate the animals …

» Anchorage

Anchorage

Anchorage offers all the comforts of a large U.S. city, and is only a 30 minute drive from the rugged, exciting Alaskan wilderness. It's also the main entry point for most visitors arriving in Alaska, one of the best spots to learn about the area's heritage and history, and an excellent base for exploring Denali National Park, Chugach State Park, and Chugach State Forest. In the town of Anchorage, discover Alaskan culture and history on a visit to the Anchorage Museum …

» Anchorage Cruise Port

Anchorage Cruise Port

Take a cab from the port to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. This is a good place to start your day in port, as it's much more than a museum. Across the center's 26 acres, you can watch artists work, see a native dance performance and check out the replica villages. Enjoy a walk around the lake and discover what life was like in native Alaskan cultures. Grab a taxi back to downtown and the Anchorage Museum (or take the shuttle that runs between the two properties) …

» Aurora Ice Museum

Aurora Ice Museum

Sixty miles from Fairbanks, the Aurora Ice Museum draws more than 10,000 visitors every summer. A chilly -7° Celsius inside, it's the largest year-round ice structure in the world. Designed in 2005 and carved from 1,000 tons of ice and snow by 15-time world ice art champion Steve Brice and his wife Heather Brice, on a visit you can hang out in the ice bar, check out the grand chandeliers made of individually-carved ice crystals (they change color every six seconds to mimic the Aurora Borealis) …

» Bear Glacier

Bear Glacier

Not far from the town of Seward, there are nearly 40 glaciers making up an icefield that spans more than 300 square miles, all contained within Kenai Fjords National Park. The largest of these is Bear Glacier. It's not far from Seward to Exit Glacier, the most easily accessible glacier in the park, but it's also possible to reach Bear Glacier from Seward - if you head out on the water. You can go on cruises that visit the many fjords in the park, and you can even go sea kayaking through the fjords …

» Chena Hot Springs Resort

Chena Hot Springs Resort

An hours' drive from Fairbanks, Alaska's Chena Hot Springs Resort includes an indoor chlorinated pool for families and a natural-rock outdoor lake filled with pure hot spring mineral water for adults. The site was first discovered by gold miners in 1905 and sits at the center of a 40-square-mile geothermal area. The spring waters have to be cooled before bathing; otherwise you'd be dipping into scolding 156° F waters …

» Chena River Recreation Area

Chena River Recreation Area

Encompassing 254,080 acres (102,823 hectares), the Chena River Recreation Area is located about 30 minutes east of Fairbanks, with the Chena River being the central focus of the park. As the name implies, the park is full of opportunities for outdoor recreation and is popular with hikers, backpackers, climbers, anglers, kayakers, skiers, snowmobilers, canoers, wildlife photographers and adventure enthusiast …

» Chilkoot Trail

Chilkoot Trail

Following the Chilkoot Trail is to take a journey into the past, to the time before the gold-rush era of prospectors when the Tlingit people used the route to trade coastal products for pelts and plants with the people of the interior. The trail is a significant historic site, and has been described as 'the world's longest outdoor museum.' The 33-mile (53km) trail is for walkers only, who take three to five days to follow the often difficult route that in gold-rush days …

» Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park

Just beyond the edge of Anchorage and nestled in the foothills of the Alaskan Rockies lies the third largest state park in America. Chugach State Park boasts half a million acres (202,400 hectares) of hiking, skiing, camping, snowmobiling, rafting, climbing and wildlife viewing right at Anchorage's doorstep, and which the locals enjoy year-round. Home to alpine wildflowers, moose calves, pristine streams, howling wolves and glacial-fed rivers …

» Cook Inlet

Cook Inlet

A watershed extending from Anchorage to the Gulf of Alaska, the Cook Inlet encompasses 180 miles (290 km) of beauty and recreation. It's surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes, including the active Augustine Volcano and Mount Redoubt, linking the area with tsunamis and earthquakes in the past. The Upper Cook Inlet is also one of few places in the world that experiences a tidal bore, allowing visitors to see the unusual phenomenon of waves …

» Crow Creek Mine

Crow Creek Mine

If you've ever wanted to experience gold panning or are interested in learning about Alaskan heritage, Crow Creek Mine is the perfect place. Located in Girdwood less than an hour from Anchorage, this was once one of Alaska's most prosperous mines, with miners procuring up to 700 ounces per month. Today it is run by a family of miners who live on the site, which makes the experience even more interesting, as you're essentially visiting a local home …

» Dalton Highway

Dalton Highway

The Dalton Highway runs for 414 miles to Alaska's northernmost mountains in the Brooks Range and nearly all the way out to the Arctic Ocean. Running through valleys surrounded by jagged peaks, the highway connects Interior Alaska to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and is technically part of the northernmost highway in the U.S. Also one of the most remote, the Dalton Highway parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Visitors who take the drive themselves will need to note that much of the road is still mostly gravel …

» Denali National Park

Denali National Park

At more than 6 million acres (2.5 million hectares), Denali National Park is a breathtaking wilderness area, which includes North America's highest mountain. A single road curves 92 miles (148 kilometers) through the heart of the park, leading to off-trail hiking opportunities, abundant wildlife, and stunning tundra panoramas. Wildlife in Denali National Park, including mammals such as marmot and moose, is easy to spot. Caribou, wolves, and brown bears are crowd favorites …

» Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier

Located in the Kenai Fjords National Park, Exit Glacier is the only section of the park accessible by road. The glacier itself is a striking cool blue sheet of ice that comes from the Harding Icefield, and is near to an array of landscapes like rainforest, barren rock, alpine meadows and cottonwood forest for a striking scene. In this area you'll be able to enjoy hiking trails and ranger-guided walks with the opportunity to get extremely close to an active glacier …

» Fortress of the Bear

Fortress of the Bear

Animal lovers heading to Sitka should consider visiting Fortress of the Bear, a non-profit bear rescue facility and the largest of its kind in the United States. Focused on educating the public on bears and how to help their populations, Fortress of the Bear takes in orphaned bear cubs and creates a protective and enriching environment for them. The operation was started by couple Les and Evy Kinnear who transformed Sitka's old pulp mill into a place where baby bears could be cared for …

» Fox Island

Fox Island

Fox Island -- not to be confused with the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Island chain -- is a remote island accessible from Seward by about an hour boat ride. Full of rainforests, beautiful beaches, rugged cliffs, secluded coves and access to the Kenai Fjords National Park, it's a true Alaskan paradise for those who enjoy scenic landscapes and outdoor recreation. Kayak through the turquoise waters that surround the island watching for Stellar sea lions, whales, otters, Dall's porpoise and seabirds …

» Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Park

The thunderous splash of calving glaciers is a common sound in Glacier Bay National Park. Located on the border between Alaska and Canada, the massive park contains a huge number of glaciers, which descend from high snow capped mountains into the bay to create spectacular displays of ice and iceberg formation. And that's only part of experiencing the scenic, natural, and historic wonders of Glacier Bay National Park. Outdoor enthusiasts will find a number of exciting activities …

» Homer

Homer, Alaska

Homer, Alaska, is a small town but it has many big names - it's known as the 'Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.' Located on the coast of Kachemak Bay, it's also called 'the end of the road' and known for its unique 'spit' peninsula, a thin stretch of land jotting 4.5 miles off the coastline. There are beaches, mountains, coves, and even glaciers in Homer, offering many outdoor recreation opportunities. Hikers can enjoy miles of trails beckoning for exploration …

» Inside Passage

Inside Passage, Alaska

Extending from Washington's Puget Sound, along the shores of British Columbia and into the Gulf of Alaska, the Inside Passage is a must-have experience when visiting Alaska. The waterway exists thanks to the many islands that reside between the North Pacific Ocean and Alaska's coast. This allows for calmer waters, which is why many ferries and cruise ships choose to use it to transport travelers. Featuring bays, beaches, peninsulas, fjords, snow-capped mountains, glaciers …


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