About Alaska Map: Whether you want to explore 17 out of the 20 highest peaks in the US or millions of serene lakes, you have to come to Alaksa. This colorful map of the largest state in the US shows its international boundary with Canada, international airports, and major cities, including the capital city of Anchorage. All the major national parks and other tourist attractions such as Alaska SeaLife Center and Anchorage Museum are clearly shown on the map.
History of Alaska
The history of Alaska dates back to the time when the paleolithic families started inhabiting the northwestern part of North America, presumably between 16,000 and 10,000 B.C. Numerous indigenous groups dominated the population of Alaska,
A persuasion for Alaska statehood began by the turn of the 20th century. However, the sparse population of Alaska, the remoteness of the place and its poor economic condition acted as a big barrier. The discovery of oil at Swanson River came as a blessing, and this led to the signing of Alaska Statehood Act into the United States Law, by the then President Dwight D. Eisenhower. On 3 January 1959, Alaska was declared a state, the 49th state of the US Juneau remained its state capital, while William A. Egan was crowned as its first Governor.
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Alaska is flanked by the Canadian territory Yukon and the British Columbia on the East; the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Alaska on the South; the Bering Strait, the Bering Sea and the Chukchi Sea on the West; and the Arctic Ocean and Beaufort Sea on the North, you can see these points on the above Alaska Map. Its location in the Eastern Hemisphere makes it the westernmost, northernmost and the easternmost state of the United States. With a land area of 586,412 square miles, it is undoubtedly the largest state of the United States. Precisely, Alaska is above twice the size of Texas. As per the estimate conducted in the year 2013, Alaska has a population of 735,132. The largest city in Alaska is Anchorage.
Alaska is blessed with an incredible topography. It is home to various breathtaking islands, houses around 3.5 million lakes, dotted with wide areas of marshland and wetland, and has 16,000 square miles of glacier covered land. The rugged mountain ranges and the flat tundra panoramas, are an added appeal to the place. There is a chain of volcanoes in Alaska, out of which many are categorized as “active volcanoes.” An intriguing fact of Alaska is that, it has more ocean coastline than the combined coastline of other US states. Though not officially divided, Alaska is widely grouped into six regions; South Central, Southeast, Interior, Southwest, North Slope and the Aleutian Islands.
While the climate of Southeast Alaska is categorized by a mid-latitude oceanic climate, and a subarctic oceanic climate, the climate of Western Alaska is categorized by a subarctic oceanic climate and a continental subarctic climate. Climate in the interior of Alaska is subarctic, and it is arctic in the extreme north of Alaska.
Travel Destinations in Alaska
Alaska is a land of wilderness, brimming with spectacular natural beauty, glaciers, tundra landscapes, and rocky and snow-capped mountain ranges. In fact, the place is an epitome of natural beauty and selecting the top places to visit is a hard nut to crack. In addition, it offers a fascinating range of adventurous activities like, kayaking, mountaineering, rafting, hiking, fishing, paddling, dog sledging, biking, and the likes. The major cities of Alaska like Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Sitka are a feast for the eyes and have much to offer to lure an ardent traveler.
Some of the places to visit in Alaska are: the Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park Day Cruise, Sitka National Historical Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska Highway, Inside Passage, Northern Lights, Iditarod National Historic Trail, Mendenhall Glacier, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, University of Alaska Museum of the North, and more.
Last Updated On : June 16, 2016