Alaska is a land of extremes. It is the largest state, more than twice the square mileage of second-place Texas. It’s also the coldest state, having once recorded a temperature of -80 degrees. Alaska is the least densely populated state, reportedly has America’s worst drivers and is the most fiscally stable state in the nation. What brings most people to visit the state, however, is its extreme landscape, which also happens to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Here are three reasons you should consider seeing Alaska for yourself.
Alaska’s breathtaking vistas and inspiring scenery make hiking and mountain biking among its most popular pastimes. Thanks to the combination of winter weather and America’s largest mountains, the state is a desired destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Its 3,000 rivers provide plenty of pristine passage for those hoping to experience the state by kayak or canoe. Anglers get real excited about fishing along the 40,000 miles of coastline and three million lakes. Sportsmen from across the world visit the state for big game hunting Alaska, hoping to snag a trophy moose, caribou, wolf or grizzly bear.
The green and yellow gaseous spectacle of the night sky fascinates individuals around the world. If you want to catch a glimpse of the northern lights in the U.S., however, your best bet is Fairbanks. Visitors are advised to visit the state between September and April if viewing the aurora borealis is a priority.
Alaska hosts eight of America’s 62 national parks. When combining the land size of all the national parks, preserves, historic areas, monuments and wildlife refuges, however, Alaska represents the majority of the nation’s park lands. Among the most popular destinations are Denali, Gates of the Arctic and Glacier Bay national parks.
Alaska is as beautiful as it is big. These are just a few of the many reasons why it is a must-see state.