About Alaska

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.

Fun Facts

  • The state motto is North to the Future.
  • Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.
  • The state’s coastline extends over 6,600 miles.
  • Alaska is the only state to have coastlines on three different seas: the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Bering Sea.
  • Alaska is the largest state in the U.S.
  • The state flower is the forget-me-not, which gives off its scent only at night.
  • At their closest points, Alaska is approximately 50 miles from Russia. If you could drive across the ocean, you could be there in under an hour!
  • Alaska has 17 of the 20 highest mountains in North America. Denali, at 20,310 feet, is the tallest mountain in North America.