Alaska is famous for its scenic parks, a gold rush and rugged mountains, such as Mt. McKinley and Mt. Katmai. Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America with its summit elevation of 20,320 feet. Mt. Katmai, a large stratovolcano, is known for its volcanic eruption in 1912, which was the largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century.Know More
The Denali National Park and Preserve is the location of Mt. McKinley and is one of the most visited parks in Alaska. The park is known for its diverse wildlife, and a tour around the park lets tourists have a chance to see grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall sheep during one of the park's arranged bus tours. The Katmai National Park and Preserve is named after Mt. Katmai, which is located in the center of the park. The park is comprised of as many as 18 volcanoes, and it offers visitors the extraordinary experience to view and study brown bears in their natural habitat.
The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is the most popular park in the state with about 850,000 visitors each year. A historic district that commemorates the Gold Rush in Klondike in the 1890s, the park preserves the building façade of the district. It also offers guided tours and a hiking trail to the Chilkoot Trail, which is a 33-mile trail through the Coasts Mountains.Learn more about Alaska
Alaska does get dark. Starting on the winter solstice on December 21, the shortest day of the year, the city of Barrow has complete darkness for a total of 67 days. Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks get between about four and six hours of daylight on the winter solstice.Full Answer >
In the parts of Alaska above the Arctic Circle, it is dark 24 hours per day for about 67 days during winter. Conversely, it does not get dark for about 80 days during the summer in the same area, a phenomenon known as the "Midnight Sun."Full Answer >
Alaska is part of the United States as one of the 50 states that comprise the nation. Alaska was purchased in 1867 by Secretary of State William Seward for $7.2 million, a purchase nicknamed "Seward's Folly."Full Answer >
Glacier Bay, in Alaska, has been a National Park and Preserve since 1980. The size of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is over 3 million acres, making it close to the size of the entire state of Connecticut.Full Answer >