A Portrait of Alaska
Dominated by thundering glaciers, vast forests, wild rivers, and island-studded seas and fjords,
Alaska is undoubtedly one of America’s most scenic states, The magnificence of the land, wildlife viewing opportunities, an almost unmatched range of outdoor activities,
and the chance to explore the state’s russian and Native heritage, all combine to draw visitors to Alaska.
Detached from the rest of the country by Canada’s Yukon Territory and British Columbia, Alaska is the largest state in the USA.
While its monumental size can at times seem overwhelming, no one could fail to appreciated.
Putting Alaska on the map
Flanked by the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, separated from Russia by the Bering Strait, and bordered by Canada in the east,
Alaska lies across the Arctic Circle. Covering over 586,400 sq miles (1.5 million sq km) and with just 650,000 people, it is the largest and least densely populated US state.
Almost half of all Alaskans live in Anchorage, while the rest are concentrated around Fairbanks, southeast Alaska, the Mat-Su Borough, and the Kenai Peninsula.
The spectacular landscape, dotted with national parks, is dominated by glaciers, rugged mountain ranges, island chains, broad river valleys, and wide coastal plains.