World's busiest floatplane base
Lake Hood, located in Anchorage, is the world's busiest floatplane base. It averages 800 takeoffs and landings on a peak summer day.

Record snowfall in a single season
The state's record snowfall in a single season was recorded at Thompson Pass north of Valdez in 1952-53 at 974.5 inches.

National Forests in Alaska
The nation's two largest national forests are located in Alaska. The Tongass in Southeast includes 16.8 million acres, and the Chugach in Southcentral has 4.8 million acres.

Alaska's Lakes
There are more than 3 million lakes in Alaska. Lake Illiamna in Southwest Alaska is the second largest freshwater lake in the U.S.

Trans-Alaska Pipeline
The 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline has transported over 17 billion barrels of oil from the North Slope to the port of Valdez in Prince William Sound since its completion on May 31, 1977. Oil moves at a rate of 2 miles per hour and takes 16.4 days to travel to tankers in the port of Valdez.

Volcanoes in Alaska
Alaska is home to 80 percent of all the active volcanoes in the U.S.

Commercial fishing in Alaska
Dutch Harbor/Unalaska is the number one producing commercial fishing port in the nation.

Big game hunting
Alaska has 12 species of big game, including moose, caribou, black bear, Dall sheep, musk ox, wolverine, brown bear, wolf, mountain goat, black-tailed deer and elk.

Alaska's highest temperature
The highest temperature ever recorded in Alaska was 100 degrees F at Fort Yukon in 1915, and the lowest recorded temperature was -80 degrees F at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.

Tips to help you plan your trip to Alaska

Outdoor Gear

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Currency

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Finding Totem Poles

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Public Transportation

Learn More Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan operate public transportation systems.
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