1. Alaska is big. Our 586,412 square miles are bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined.
  2. We've got lots of mountains. Alaska has 17 of the 20 highest mountains in North America. Denali, at 20,310 feet, is the tallest mountain in North America.
  3. We have a lot of beach front property. Alaska has more than 47,300 miles of shoreline. While we don't have a lot of white sand beaches, we do have plenty of places to paddle your kayak!
  4. Ice is nice. Alaska has more approximately 100,000 glaciers, including the 122-mile long Bering Glacier, the largest glacier in North America.
  5. We have the only temperate rainforest in the United States. At 16.8 million acres, the Tongass National Forest in Alaska’s Inside Passage is also the country’s largest national forest.
  6. Not many people live here. In fact, Alaska ranks 48th in the nation in population. Our 735,720 residents roughly equals 1.2 people per square mile!
  7. We have our own holidays. Alaskans celebrate Seward's Day that last Monday in March to commemorate the Alaska Territory's purchase from the Russians in 1867 and Alaska Day on October 18, the day Alaska was officially transferred from Russia to the United States.
  8. I don’t know, Juneau? Our state capital – Juneau - is the only U.S. state capital that is not accessible by road.
  9. We move oil. Since it was completed in 1977, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (we call it TAPS for short) has transported more than 18 billion barrels of oil from Alaska’s Arctic North Slope to Southcentral Valdez – a distance of 800 miles.
  10. Dog-gone athletes. Historically, dog sleds were used to transport freight and mail across much of Alaska. Today, dog mushing is Alaska’s official state sport.

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