is one-fifth the size of the United States, larger than Texas and the next three
largest states combined. By far one of the most ruggedly scenic states in the
nation, Alaska has 39 mountain ranges which are home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks
in the United States.
travelers visit Alaska in the summer months when temperatures
are mild, flowers are blooming and the sun is shining
almost 24 hours a day. There is plenty of adventure
to be had in this massive state - from glacier hiking,
fishing and kayaking to viewing the local wildlife of
brown bears, whales, bald eagles and moose. Winter visitors
can look forward to excellent viewing conditions of
the Northern Lights (late August - April), skiing, dog
sledding and snowboarding.
who don't think of Alaska as a business destination will be surprised to learn
that Anchorage is a world-class meeting and convention destination, offering 6,000
guestrooms in large chain hotels and locally owned properties. And since Alaska
has some of the best fishing in the country, make sure to try the catch of the
day while you're there!
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Juneau is where adventure runs wild! Nestled at the base of towering mountains along
the pristine waters of Alaskas Inside Passage, Juneau offers unprecedented
beauty, unforgettable outdoor adventures and rich Native culture. Request a Juneau
travel guide at www.traveljuneau.com.
gateway to authentic Alaskan adventure! Be energized in summer's midnight sun
or experience winter's unsurpassed dazzling display of northern lights. Celebrate
our Gold Rush centennial. See award-winning exhibits of Alaska's cultural and
natural history. Stand at the edge of the Last Frontier and a step away from Denali
and the Arctic wilderness. www.explorefairbanks.com
virtual tours to an in-depth look at the state's culture and history, the Official
Tourism Marketing Organization for the State of Alaska website has
it all! www.travelalaska.com
An argument against statehood was Alaska's lack of a sound
economic base. The discovery of oil in 1957 helped the territory
leap the final hurdle toward becoming a state. As Alaska's
immense wealth of resources was realized, Congress was quickly
convinced to disregard past arguments against statehood. On
January 3, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into
law the 49th state of the union.