|Alaska Alax̂sxax̂ (Aleut) Alaasikaq (Inupiaq) Anáaski (Tlingit) Alas’kaaq (Pacific Gulf Yupik)|
|• Length||1,420 mi (2,285 km)|
|• Width||2,261 mi (3,639 km)|
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.
At 663,300 square miles, Alaska is by far the largest state in the United States , nearly two and a half times as large as Texas. In the case of many map projections, Alaska appears to be more than half the size of the lower 48 states , when in reality the continental US is 4.7 times as large.
Really, you will likely find that Alaskan people are some of the most friendly and tolerant anywhere.
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.
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.
Russia offered to sell Alaska to the United States in 1859, believing the United States would off-set the designs of Russia’s greatest rival in the Pacific, Great Britain. This purchase ended Russia’s presence in North America and ensured U.S. access to the Pacific northern rim.
Minnesota may be known as the land of 10,000 lakes , but Alaska has that beat! This incredible state boasts over 3 million lakes . This lake comes in at about 128 square miles, making it the seventh largest freshwater lake in Alaska .
Alaska is appears to be three times larger than Mexico , although Mexico actually is larger than Alaska . On a Mercator map, Greenland looks larger than China, even though China actually is four times larger than Greenland.
U.S. citizens flying between another state and Alaska do not need a passport . However, those driving through Canada or traveling on a ferry or cruise ship with stops in Canada are required to carry one . All non U.S. citizens will need a passport and possibly other documents to enter.
Alaska is really a combination of them all. Washington is the most like southern/coastal/mountainous Alaska, Montana and Idaho are like central mountainous Alaska, Maine is like central coastal and some of central Alaska, and Minnesota is like central coastal, central, and northern Alaska.
Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the U.S. combined (more than 34,000 miles). Alaska is the only state to have coastlines on three different seas: the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Bering Sea. Pick your Alaska vacation based on which body of water you want to visit!