Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information
Chugach National Forest
by: Michael DeYoung
by: Frank Flavin
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.
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.
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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