The blue field represents the sky, the sea, and mountain lakes, as well as Alaska’s wildflowers. Emblazoned on the flag are eight gold stars : seven from the constellation Ursa Major, or the Big Dipper. The eighth being the North Star, representing the northern most state.
Alaska’s state flag features The Big Dipper (“Ursa Major” or “Great Bear” constellation) as a symbol of strength, and Polaris (the North Star ) as a symbol of Alaska’s northern location and “the ever constant star for the mariner, the explorer, hunter, trapper, prospector, woodsman, and the surveyor” (
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flag of Alaska
“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.
Alaska’s cold water seafood is the centerpiece of Alaskan cuisine. Alaskan salmon is one of the most important foods here and is often served as smoked salmon , cured salmon , salmon jerky, and even sweetened indian salmon candy.
The Alaska version is made using smoked salmon vodka from Alaska Distillery, a Wasilla-based company. Buzzfeed named the cocktail the state’s signature drink despite the fact that the flavored vodka has only been produced for a few years.
North to the future
The name Alaska comes from the Aleut word Alyeska, meaning The Great Land. Benny Benson designed Alaska’s flag in 1926 at age 13. Alaska has the lowest population density in the nation at one person per square mile. That means plenty of area to get out and explore without large crowds.