With its scenic, undeveloped terrain, free-roaming wildlife and low population, Alaska attracts outdoor enthusiasts from the lower 48 states and around the world. The state has 15 National Parks, 3.2 million acres of parkland and more active glaciers than in all of the inhabited world.
Temperatures ranged from approximately 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and from approximately 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Layered, casual and comfortable clothing is recommended.
You can reach Alaska by flying into airports at the major cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.
Because of the state's vast distances, the fastest way to get around is to take a small plane or air taxi. Most towns in Alaska have regularly scheduled air service.
Alaska has 17 of the nation's highest peaks, making it popular with climbers. Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, towers to 20,320 feet.
The state has 47,300 miles of coastline, more than the contiguous United States. It also has over 3 million lakes and over 3,000 rivers, making it a haven for those who love the water.
Article Written By Aurelio Locsin
Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.