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
Some major landforms in Alaska include Mount McKinley, the Kenai Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands and part of the Rocky Mountains. The geographical regions that cover Alaska include the Alaska Mountain Range, the Inside Passage, the Arctic Coastal Plain, the North Slope and the Brooks Mountain Range.Full Answer >
Alaska's major products include livestock, oil, timber and fish. Oil and seafood make up a majority of Alaska's economy.Full Answer >
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2013, Alaska has an estimated population of just over 735,000. Alaskans are spread out over more than 570,000 square miles of land, making the state by far the least-densely populated of the 50 states in the union.Full Answer >
Alaska got its name from the Aleut word "alaxsxaq," which refers to a piece of land the sea is directed toward. Russia only used "Alaska" in reference to the Alaskan Peninsula, but the United States decided to refer to the entire territory as Alaska after its purchase.Full Answer >