Most of Alaska is officially in the Alaska Time Zone , however, a portion of the Aleutian Islands that is west of 169 degrees 30 minutes west longitude observes the Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time Zone .
Alaska consolidated to two time zones – Alaska Time and Hawaii-Aleutian Time – in 1983 to put our state capitol, Juneau, on the same time zone as the more populated Anchorage and Fairbanks (and to make doing business with companies in the Lower 48 states a little easier).
The zone includes nearly all of the U.S. state of Alaska and is one hour behind the Pacific Time Zone . The western Aleutian Islands observe Hawaii–Aleutian Time , one hour behind the remainder of the state.
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PLEASE NOTE: Alaska may span multiple time zones. We are using the America/Anchorage time zone.
“When it comes to wildlife, Alaska is famous for salmon, moose, caribou, bears, whales, bison, puffins, jellyfish, etc. When it comes to scenery, Alaska is famous for glaciers and fjords, mountains, and more lakes, rivers, and waterways than one could dream of.
Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, North and South Dakota are divided between Central and Mountain time zones . Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee are split between Eastern and Central time zones . Alaska is split between the Alaska time zone and the Hawaii-Aleutian time zone .
The states that observe more than one time-zone are Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska , Kansas , Texas , North Dakota, South Dakota , Florida , Michigan , Indiana , Kentucky , Tennessee , and Alaska. Among these, Alaska is the only state that is not part of contiguous United States.
For some odd reason, Hawaii is in the Hawaii -Aleutian Time Zone . This means a small part of Alaska shares the same time zone as Hawaii . But since Alaska observes Daylight Savings, and Hawaii does not, during this time , Hawaii definitely has its own time zone .
That depends on where in Alaska you live. The farther north you go, the longer the day. Just north of Fairbanks, the day is 24 hours long. In Fairbanks, there are nearly 22 hours of daylight, about 19.5 hours in Anchorage and 18.2 hours in Juneau.
There is only one major road that you can take to drive to Alaska and that is the Alaska Highway. Although the original road was difficult to drive and was 1,700 miles (2,700 km) long, it has improved continually over time and today it is fully paved all the way and has been shortened to just 1,387 miles (2,232 km).
Alaska does not limit or tax alcoholic beverages brought into this state for personal use and not for resale. Over 75 Alaska communities have, by local option, banned the importation or possession of alcoholic beverages. It may be a felony crime to ship alcoholic beverages to those communities.
The 24-hour daylight and darkness still happen in Alaska, just less so. Barrow is one of Alaska’s northernmost cities and gets complete darkness for two months out of the year. During the summer , the sun doesn’t completely set in Barrow from early May until the end of July.
Alaska is the only non-contiguous U.S. state on continental North America; about 500 miles ( 800 km ) of British Columbia (Canada) separates Alaska from Washington.
Since Anchorage , Alaska and Fairbanks , Alaska are in the same time zone , you can call someone during your normal hours and it will be the same time in Fairbanks , AK as it is in Anchorage , AK. This will be between 7AM – 11PM their time , since Fairbanks , Alaska is in the same time zone as Anchorage , Alaska.