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.Continue Reading
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
Alaska became a state in 1959, and the state capital is Juneau. As the largest state in the United States, Alaska is approximately one-fifth the size of the continental United States. The state is home to many of the tallest mountains in the United States. Denali, the tallest mountain in Alaska, is over 20,000 feet above sea level. Glaciers cover 5 percent of Alaska, and the state has more glaciers and ice fields than the rest of the world combined.Full Answer >
Alaska is on the continent of North America. Alaska is one of 50 states in the United States of America.Full Answer >
The amount of darkness in Alaska varies depending on location within the state, although the darkest months are typically between November and late January. Some cities in Alaska see more light than others during the darkest months. North of the Arctic Circle, locations such as Barrow may receive up to 67 days of total darkness in the year, while others are plunged into complete darkness only during the height of the winter solstice, which occurs around December 21.Full Answer >
Alaska's major products include livestock, oil, timber and fish. Oil and seafood make up a majority of Alaska's economy.Full Answer >