Alaska is a US State that is superlative in every way. For example, did you know that you could you fit the country's three next largest states, Texas, Montana and California, within its borders and still have room to spare? Or that in the 20,310 foot Denali Mountain it also has the highest peak in America?
These two facts alone should be strong enough clues that this is a landscape built on a dramatic scale that can more than match almost anywhere in the world.
Within its 633.268 square miles you will find huge glaciers like the Bering, also the largest in North America, enormous areas of forest, stunning national parks and more than three million lakes. Alaska's many islands, inlets and fjords also mean that it has the longest tidal coastline of any US state at around 34,000 miles.
One of the last great wildernesses, the population is just 736,000 people, around half of whom live in and around Anchorage in the south of the state. Five recognised groups of indigenous people represent around 15% of Alaskans and you'll find 24 different languages being spoken.
There are countless natural wonders to enjoy, not least the famous Northern Lights that can be seen from the portion of the state that lies within the Arctic Circle.
As you might expect, it's also a wildlife lover's paradise. Among the creatures that are regularly encountered are brown and black bears, cranes, puffins and the official state bird, the willow ptarmigan. Visits during spring are also often rewarded with the sights of flocks of migrating birds and huge herds of moose on the move to their seasonal feeding and breeding grounds.
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