|We obviously focused on the scenery of this rugged state, with its beautiful mountains, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers and more. But we would also like to mention that Alaska’s cities and towns have a lot to offer. There are many shops, restaurants, museums, tours, shows and other entertainment. Alaskans love to share their culture and history, and there’s a lot to be learned. Below are some interesting facts about our 49th state:|
- Alaska was purchased for 2 cents per acre
- Alaska has more earthquakes than any other state
- Alaska boasts both the highest and lowest (Aleutian Trench - 25,000’ below sea level) points in North America
- Admiralty Island is home to the highest density of brown bears in North America and has one of the highest densities of bald eagles in the world
- Most of America’s salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska
- Alaska contains 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States
- The four largest National Parks and the two largest National Forests are located in Alaska
- Alaska & Hawaii are the only two states where you cannot reach the capital by road (only by air/water transportation)
- Rhode Island would fit into Alaska 425 times!
- Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas
- Alaska is also larger than the next 3 largest states combined, which are TX, CA & MT
- Nearly one-third of the state lies within the Arctic Circle
- More than 70% of Alaska is not accessible by road
- Alaska has more coastline that all other states combined!
We now better understand just how large Alaska really is because we only saw a tiny portion of it, and can’t believe how much vast wilderness we encountered. If visiting Alaska is on your bucket list, we hope you get to cross it off someday! We traveled 6300 miles from the lower 48 and back in our motor home. This doesn’t include mileage driven separately in our tow vehicle. We entered Canada from Montana and returned via Washington. Of course, mileage also depends on where you want to visit in Canada and Alaska. So it is possible to get to Alaska and back with less driving than we did.
If you don’t have the time or desire to do that much driving, but would still like to see the state in an RV, you can fly there and rent one. MANY people come from all over the world to do this. But a heads up regarding that option ~ you will miss scenery in Canada that rivals that of Alaska (which we may share in a future article). We also saw much more wildlife in Canada. Of course, that may not be the case for everyone, but it’s certainly worth considering.