Alaska (US State) – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Petr Novák

Alaska is the largest state in the USA, bordering Canada and Russia. The cold region is rich in oil and gas deposits, and fishing and tourism play an important role in Alaska’s industry. This is aided by several national parks and preserves. Alaska is home to America’s tallest mountain, Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) at 6,194 metres.

Alaska (US State) – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Map of Alaska / Where is Alaska?

Table of Contents
  1. Basic information about Alaska
  2. What to See in the State of Alaska
  3. Fun Facts about Alaska
  4. Alaska Weather
  5. Largest Cities in Alaska
  6. Food Prices in Alaska
  7. State Symbols of Alaska

Basic information about Alaska

What to See in the State of Alaska

  1. Denali National Park
  2. Gates of the Arctic National Park
  3. Glacier Bay National Park
  4. Katmai National Park
  5. Kenai Fjords National Park
  6. Kobuk Valley National Park
  7. Lake Clark National Park
  8. Wrangell – St. Elias National Park
  9. Tracy Arm Bear
  10. Mendenhall Glacier

For tips on other sights and places of interest in Alaska, post in the discussion.

Fun Facts about Alaska

Date of Alaska’s Entry into the Union

January 3, 1959 (49th in order)

State of Alaska nickname

The Last Frontier

The Highest Mountain in Alaska

Denali (6,191 metres)

Rivers of Alaska

  1. Yukon River (3,190 km)
  2. Kuskokwim River (1,164 km)
  3. Porcupine River (916 km)
  4. Tanana River (916 km)
  5. Innoko River (800 km)

Airports in Alaska

  1. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
  2. Fairbanks International Airport
  3. Juneau International Airport
  4. Bethel Airport
  5. Ketchikan International Airport

Alaska Sports Teams

  • NFL (American football): no team
  • MLB(baseball): no team
  • MLS (football): no team
  • NHL (ice hockey): no team
  • NBA (basketball): no team

Universities of Alaska

  • University of Alaska

ZIP Codes


Alaska Weather | Alaska Average Temperatures | Alaska Average Precipitation

Alaska Weather

Alaska is the coldest state in the US, with only the area around Juneau reaching average annual temperatures above freezing. It rains and snows frequently and heavily throughout Alaska. In some areas, snow remains year-round.

The greatest temperature fluctuations in Alaska are in the interior, where temperatures can soar as high as 30 °C in the summer and plummet to a terrifying -50 °C in the winter. There are places in northern Alaska where temperatures rarely exceed freezing throughout the year.

Current Forecasts:

Largest Cities in Alaska

# City Population Map
1 Anchorage 291,826 Show on Map
2 Fairbanks 31,535 Show on Map
3 Juneau 31,275 Show on Map
4 Eagle River 24,793 Show on Map
5 Badger 19,482 Show on Map
6 Knik-Fairview 14,923 Show on Map
7 College 12,964 Show on Map
8 Sitka 8,881 Show on Map
9 Lakes 8,364 Show on Map
10 Tanaina 8 197 Show on Map

Food Prices in Alaska

  • McDonalds Restaurant McMeal prices: $9.80
  • Restaurant Draft Beer (0.5L): $6.00
  • Cappuccino in restaurant: $4.41
  • Coca-Cola in restaurant (0.33 l): $2.20
  • Milk (1 l): $1.02
  • Bread (500 g): $3.94
  • Rice (1 kg): $6.93
  • Egg (12 pcs): $3.08
  • Cheese (1 kg): $17.30
  • Boneless chicken breast (1 kg): $9.12
  • Beef Loin (1 kg): $16.30
  • Apples (1 kg): $6.91
  • Bananas (1 kg): $2.09
  • Oranges (1 kg): $5.41
  • Tomatoes (1 kg): $5.56
  • Potatoes (1 kg): $3.49
  • Water (1.5 l bottle): $2.56
  • Bottle beer (0.5 l bottle): $2.41
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: $10.00

Anchorage grocery prices valid in January 2021. Take these as a guide, they vary widely from store to store. Tax is included in the price.

Alaska Flag | Alaska State Emblem

State Symbols of Alaska

  • Gemstone: jadeite
  • Fossil: fur seal
  • Insect: bug
  • Flower: memorial
  • Mineral: gold
  • Dog: Alaskan Malamute
  • Bird: White-breasted Merganser
  • Fish: Royal Salmon
  • Mammal: Salmon, Greenland whale
  • Sport: Dog Sled
  • Tree: Sitka spruce

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