Here’s an interesting bit of trivia: Alaska is the state that is the farthest north, east , and west. The reason Alaska can be considered the farthest both east and west is that the Aleutian Islands cross the 180-degree meridian of longitude. The southernmost state is Hawaii at Ka Lae (18 degrees 55 minutes north.)
Since the Aleutian Islands cross the 180th meridian, they happen to contain the easternmost and westernmost spots in the United States: the latter honor belongs to the small island of Amatignak (coordinates: 51.270°N, 179.119°W), which is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
Alaska is one of two US states not bordered by another state, Hawaii is the other. Alaska is bordered by Canada (by the Canadian provinces of Yukon Territory and British Columbia ) to the east, and it shares a maritime border with Russia to the west.
Greatest distance between any two mainland points in the contiguous 48 states (linear distance): 2,892 miles (4,654 km), from Point Arena, California, to West Quoddy Head, Maine. Greatest east–west distance in U.S. territory [?]: 5,823 miles (9,371 km), from Kure Atoll, Hawaii , to Riviera Beach, Florida.
Which States Are the Farthest North, South, East, and West? Despite the confusion and the different perspectives, you can simply this answer pretty easily. Alaska is the northernmost, easternmost, and westernmost state. Hawaii is the southernmost.
The most distant point from an ocean is the Eurasian Pole of Inaccessibility (or “EPIA”) 46°17′N 86°40′E, in China’s Xinjiang region near the border with Kazakhstan. Calculations have shown that this point, located in the Dzoosotoyn Elisen Desert, is 2,645 km (1,644 mi) from the nearest coastline.
One-fifth the size of the Lower 48, Alaska is bigger than Texas , California, and Montana combined! Alaska is also far-flung: 3.1 times wider (east to west) and 1.9 times taller (north to south) than Texas .
While Alaska is the largest state by area, it’s among the smallest in population: Only about 740,000 people call the state home. Alaska boasts the lowest population density in the nation, with fewer than 1.5 people per square mile.
Alaska has voted Republican in every election since 1968, and since its admission to the Union in 1959, it has only voted for the Democratic candidate on one occasion: Lyndon B. Johnson’s win in 1964.
On a clear day, you could climb a hill on Cape Prince of Wales and maybe make out mainland Siberia, just fifty miles away. But it’s much easier to get a view of Russia view by heading out into the Bering Strait to one of America’s weirdest destinations: Little Diomede Island.
There are two main reasons. First, Canada wasn’t its own country in 1867. Second, Great Britain controlled the Canadian colonies. Russia did not want to sell Alaska to its rival.
The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 55 miles. The stretch of water between these two islands is only about 2.5 miles wide and actually freezes over during the winter so you could technically walk from the US to Russia on this seasonal sea ice.