July 2011

Photo by TravelAlaska.com user Chuck Ricker
Submitted By: Paul Heldenbrand — Keyhole Rock in Prince William Sound

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Planning a trip to the largest state in the Union may seem like big undertaking when you aren't sure what to expect. Many first-time travelers to Alaska can feel overwhelmed by the amount of ground there is to cover. Understanding the details of a destination is half the battle in travel preparation; luckily Alaska has a reliable cache of resources when it comes to getting the lowdown on the Last Frontier. Read on for a “by the numbers” look at Alaska before your next journey north.

Geography Snapshot: Learn the Basics

How big is big? Alaska is 586,412 square miles — that’s more than twice the size of Texas. It boasts approximately 6,640 miles of coastline, and including islands, 33,904 miles of shoreline. There are more than 3,000 rivers in Alaska, and more than 3 million lakes, not to mention an estimated 100,000 glaciers! Within the expansive setting of the Great Land is an infinite playground for travelers to explore that can be broken down into five regions for easy navigation: Southcentral, Interior, Southwest, Far North and the Inside Passage.

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Alaska Geography
Public Lands: The Biggest and the Best

Some of Alaska’s most pristine beauty and wildest creatures are found in its parks and forests. There are more than 300 million acres of public land in Alaska, and while it’s simply too much ground to cover in just one vacation, Alaska’s 15 national parks and 119 state parks are well worth a visit to experience the grandeur and rich history of Alaska’s wilderness.

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Parks and Public Lands
Did You Know: Wild Alaska Facts

Part of Alaska’s appeal is its scale and the extreme nature of life in the Last Frontier. The following fun facts illustrate that things are a little different in Alaska. Read on to learn more about record temperatures, breweries per capita, the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and more.

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Alaska Beer