I visited Alaska on a business trip (2 days) many years ago and hope to get back some day for a real visit. I was able to briefly see Palmer and Anchorage. I visited in June and would like to someday get back for summer and winter. Maybe even drive up the Alaska Highway, watch the start of the The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, visit Denila National Park
Alaska (Alyaska) is an exclave and a state of the United States of America located west of Canada in the extreme northwest portion of North America. A state of superlatives, it has the largest area, the highest mountain and greatest difference in elevation, the most extensive wilderness, and the most lakes, shoreline, and wetlands of any state, yet has the lowest population density.
The area that became Alaska was purchased from Russian interests on October 18, 1867, for $7,200,000. The land went through several administrative changes before becoming an organized territory in 1912 and the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959. The name "Alaska" is derived from the Aleut alaxsxaq, meaning "the mainland", or more literally "the object towards which the action of the sea is directed".
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Origin of Name It's a Russian version of an Aleutian Indian name, Alyeska, meaning peninsula, or great land.
In 1867 the United States purchased Alaska from Russia for just over $7,000,000 (2 cents and acre) - one of the greatest land deals ever recorded.
The Gold Rush of the late 19th century put the state on the map, then followed by the Prudhoe Bay oil and gas reservoir discovery in 1968, Alaska quickly began its incredible economic contribution (in the billions) to the U.S. economy.
Larger than Texas, California and Montana combined, it's so gigantic and rugged that the private airplane has (in many areas) replaced the family car.
AreaVibes helps you find the best places to live by scoring the 10 most important metrics for your city or neighborhood and creating an overall score or "AreaVibe". Link to Alaska information
Alaska Cities & Towns
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- Alaska Airmen's Web Cam on Lake Hood
- Sled Dog Racing & Mushing
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- Welcome to Alaska
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- Anchorage Chamber of Commerce - Home
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- Remote Recreational Cabin Sites Program - link
- Alaska Railroad - link
- Official Anchorage Alaska Travel Guide - anchorage.net
The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage.
- North to Alaska - northtoalaska.com
This site is designed to offer planning suggestions as to where to go, how to get there, what to see, and what to do. And most of all, it's our direct invitation to you to drive North to Alaska and see the splendor of our mountains, glaciers, coastlines, rivers, wildlife and natural wilderness for yourself.
- Anchorage Daily News
WidipediA: The Anchorage Daily News is a daily newspaper based in Anchorage, Alaska, in the United States. It is the most widely read newspaper in the state.
- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
WidipediA: The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner is a newspaper that serves the city of Fairbanks, Alaska and Fairbanks North Star Borough
- Alaska Dispatch
Alaska's online-only news site, is devoted to filling this journalism void. Dispatch's goal is to take an unflinching look at the state, from its massive riches to its abject poverty, and tell these stories to Alaskans and to the world.
- Very Cool Alaska Weather Map - link
Travel & Road Conditions
- Alaska Road Traveler Information Service
- Road Weather Information, Transportation & Public Facilities, State of Alaska
The area code for the entire state is 907, by the way, so all telephone numbers below are prefaced by that area code. For further information, visit the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau
Alaska is actually the northern, western and easternmost point in the United States. The Aleutian Chain extends into the Eastern Hemisphere.
Alaska has about one registered pilot for every 58 residents, six times as many pilots per capita and 14 times as many airplanes per capita as the rest of the United States.
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Juneau is the capital city of Alaska. The only capital city in the USA with no road access into the city.
(from WidipediA) Kotzebue is a city in Northwest Arctic Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 3,237
Kotzebue gets its name from the Kotzebue Sound, which was named after Otto von Kotzebue, who explored the sound while searching for the Northwest Passage in the service of Russia in 1818.
The name Sitka (derived from Sheet’ká, a contraction of the Tlingit name Shee At'iká) means "People on the Outside of Shee," Sheet’-ká X'áat'l (often expressed simply as Shee) being the Tlingit name for Baranof Island. The town is sometimes referred to as "Sitka-by-the-Sea."
Additional Iditarod Related Links
Iditrod Mushers' BLogs
The 2013 Iditarod XXXVII Ceremonial Start in Anchorage, Alaska 10 a.m., First Saturday in March (Saturday, March 2, 2013)
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a race so challenging that fewer people have finished it than have climbed the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
☆ About the Race
The Last Great Race on Earth
SOURCE: IDITAROD WEB SITE
You can’t compare it to any other competitive event in the world! A race over 1150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska.
Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race
P.O. Box 75057
Fairbanks, Alaska 90775
Phone: (907) 452-7954
Fax: (907) 452-7959
#2 – 1109 First Ave.
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5G4
Phone: (867) 668-4711
Fax: (867) 668-6674
The 2013 Yukon Quest starts in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, Saturday February 2, 2013
☆ About the Race
The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race spans the Canada-United States border that runs north-south between the Yukon Territory and the State of Alaska.
At the Top of the World, in the Yukon-Alaskan Interior, an epic event takes place every year that few people from "down south" have experienced. Covering 1000 miles between Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and Fairbanks, Alaska during the depths of the Arctic winter, the Yukon Quest is known as the 'toughest sled dog race in the world'.
The Yukon Quest Trail follows historic Gold Rush and Mail Delivery routes from the turn of the 20th Century. Once the travel highways of the Northern frontier, the trail now comes alive every February with the breath of hundreds of sled dogs. Teams of one human 'musher' and 14 canine athletes, travel for two weeks, racing through some of the last pristine wilderness remaining in North America.
The Yukon Quest is dedicated to excellence in canine care. Yukon Quest mushers are coaches, cooks, cheerleaders, and companions to their dogs. Yukon Quest dogs are elite, marathon athletes. Bred from stock that survived and thrived during the Klondike Gold Rush, no animal on earth can match them for endurance, dedication and their ability to perform in the extreme conditions of the North.