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ALASKA

D E S T I N A T I O N   A L A S K A

Alaskan Mountainscape

Alaska 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.

Most 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. 

Those 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! 

C O N V E N T I O N   &   V I S I T O R S    B U R E A U

Juneau is where adventure runs wild! Nestled at the base of towering mountains along the pristine waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage, Juneau offers unprecedented beauty, unforgettable outdoor adventures and rich Native culture. Request a Juneau travel guide at www.traveljuneau.com.

Fairbanks, 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

From 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

A L A S K A    T R A V E L   P L A N N E R
Historical Note: 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.
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