It’s the USA’s northernmost, easternmost and westernmost state. It’s larger than Texas, California and Montana combined. Its east-west span—from its lower peninsula that extends into Canada to the outermost of the Aleutian Islands—could reach from Jacksonville, Florida, to Sacramento, California. But with only 700,000 residents, it’s one of the world’s most sparsely populated areas, and half of those people live in just one city, Anchorage. Everywhere else, moose, bear and caribou outnumber humans, and dirt roads far outnumber paved ones. Some small towns even have no road systems connecting them to other towns.
Much of the state sees no darkness in summer, no daylight in winter. It’s home to North America’s tallest mountain, 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley, along with three million lakes, chains of active volcanoes and half of the world’s glaciers. It’s Alaska, a place the state’s license plates call “The Last Frontier.”
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