Alaska is famous for its scenic parks, a gold rush and rugged mountains, such as Mt. McKinley and Mt. Katmai. Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America with its summit elevation of 20,320 feet. Mt. Katmai, a large stratovolcano, is known for its volcanic eruption in 1912, which was the largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century.Know More
The Denali National Park and Preserve is the location of Mt. McKinley and is one of the most visited parks in Alaska. The park is known for its diverse wildlife, and a tour around the park lets tourists have a chance to see grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall sheep during one of the park's arranged bus tours. The Katmai National Park and Preserve is named after Mt. Katmai, which is located in the center of the park. The park is comprised of as many as 18 volcanoes, and it offers visitors the extraordinary experience to view and study brown bears in their natural habitat.
The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is the most popular park in the state with about 850,000 visitors each year. A historic district that commemorates the Gold Rush in Klondike in the 1890s, the park preserves the building façade of the district. It also offers guided tours and a hiking trail to the Chilkoot Trail, which is a 33-mile trail through the Coasts Mountains.Learn more about Alaska
In the parts of Alaska above the Arctic Circle, it is dark 24 hours per day for about 67 days during winter. Conversely, it does not get dark for about 80 days during the summer in the same area, a phenomenon known as the "Midnight Sun."Full Answer >
Alaska includes an area of more than 375 million acres, equivalent to about 570,665 square miles. With coastal waters and rivers added in, the total is more than 640,000 square miles.Full Answer >
There are no snakes known to live in Alaska. Due to the extreme temperatures of Alaska, there are very few reptiles that can survive in the state.Full Answer >
It is not currently possible to walk from Alaska to Russia. The two land masses are separated by the Bering Strait, but scholars have theorized that this area was once a "land bridge" that connected the continents of Asia and North America.Full Answer >