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The name Alaska comes from the Aleut word Alyeska, meaning The Great Land. Alaska has the lowest population density in the nation at one person per square mile. That means plenty of area to get out and explore without large crowds.View Properties
Alaska is called the Land of the Midnight Sun because for over two months in the summer, in the northernmost part of the state, the sun doesn’t set at all!
If you visit Alaska in November, December or January, you will experience a very short period of daylight providing a unique experience of the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.
Off the north and west coasts of Alaska you might spot polar bears, beluga whales, and walruses. More big mammals include black bears, moose, Dall sheep, musk oxen, caribou, and the world’s largest brown bear, the Kodiak. Alaska is also home to birds such as albatross, eagles, and loons.
Alaska’s biggest export is the mineral zinc, but gold is its most famous export. Alaska is also known for lumber, fish—especially salmon—coal, and jade, the state gem. About 880,000 acres are farmed in Alaska considering it is the largest state in the nation, and most of its 500 farms are located northeast of Anchorage. Greenhouse and nursery crops are the fastest-growing agricultural segment in the Last Frontier State, with other important commodities including hay, dairy, potatoes, and cattle and calves. Alaska farmers also produce reindeer, wool, antlers, velvet, bison and yak, among others.
Alaska is a true hunter’s paradise, home to North America’s largest and most sought-after game animals. Big-game species include bison, caribou, elk, muskox, wolves, black bears, Dall sheep, moose, brown and grizzly bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, and mountain goats.
Alaska offers some of the most spectacular freshwater, saltwater, fly- and even ice fishing in the world. With over three million lakes, thousands of rivers and fish-filled streams, it’s a whole new experience that won’t disappoint.