Alaska is the largest state in the United States, but did you know that it is twice the size of Texas? The map hardly does Alaska justice. In fact, the treeless area of permafrost in Alaska’s northernmost region is three times the size of California. Of course, Alaska is not just a big state; Alaska is adventurous, too. Over a million and a half tourists pass through Alaska in the summer months to seek out their own brand of adventure. If you like nature, you’ll love Alaska. Visitors will often go fishing, hiking, hunting, dog-sled riding, snowmobiling, glacier viewing. The list goes on. In fact, you can can even climb the glaciers if you are able and willing. Don’t want to climb a glacier? How about the adventure of sky phenomena? You can clearly see the Northern Lights beneath winter’s dark sky. If you aren’t one for winter, the northern lights appear in fall and spring, just not quite as brightly.
Despite it’s enormous size, Alaska is relatively small in terms of population (upwards of around 670,000 residents recorded in 2006). Interesting enough, Alaska’s state capitol, Juneau, is the only capitol in the United States not accessible via a major highway. How cool is that? In a world increasingly dependent on machines,computers, and buildings, Alaska maintains a natural element as a core piece of its identity.
If you are visiting Alaska in the summer, experiencing the midnight sun may be an unforgettable event. The midnight sun is a phenomenon in which the sun remains visible through the night. This is specific to the Arctic Circle. The sun can actually remain visible for an entire twenty-four hours. Polar nights occur in the winter and are the opposite of the midnight sun. During polar nights, the sun remains beneath the horizon for most of the day.
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