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The United States Alaska

Updated on June 20, 2014

Alaska At A Glance

Find out about the most northwestern state in the USA with this guide to the state of Alaska.

Alaska is a Pacific state that is bordered by the Bering Sea to the west, the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Yukon Territory to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. It is the northernmost state in the union..

Alaska's flag is eight stars of gold on a field of blue.

Russia sold Alaska to Secretary of State William Seward in 1867 for $7.2 million -- that's about 2 cents per acre. Alaska became known as "Seward's Folly" because many Americans thought he had spent too much for what they considered to be a frozen wasteland. When Alaska became the 49th state in 1959, it was the first state to enter the Union in 47 years. It also increased the country's area by a fifth.

Alaska has proven to be far from a frozen wasteland however, with an abundance of natural resources. It still has the largest fishing industry in the United States, with it's supply of salmon, halibut, shrimp, and Dungeness crab.

Alaska also had gold. The first major influx of Americans to Alaska occurred during the gold rush of the 1890's.

In 1968, a huge 10-billion-barrel oil field was found in Alaska at Prudhoe Bay. In 1977, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was completed to carry oil across the state. At about 800 miles in length, the pipeline cost $8 billion to build.

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Map Of Alaska - Zoom in or out to find your location

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Hotels In Juneau Alaska - Click on the image below to find the latest deals on hotels around Juneau in Alaska

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Take an Alaska Cruise
Take an Alaska Cruise

Aklaska Cruises

If you plan taking a cruise in Alaska, why not combine your Alaska vacation with a stay in one a Vancouver hotel, or take a trip on a train through the Rockies.

The cruising season in Alaska starts in April and runs through September, with June, July and August being the busiest months of the cruise season and therefore the most difficult time to find vacancies.

Sample the unique Alaska Cruise experience onboard Princess cruise line, sailing from Seattle; Celebrity Cruises' 5* ship, the Celebrity Mercury; or sail with Holland America Line on the MS Zuiderdam or MS Volendam, there is a cruise ship to suit everyone!

All of the Alaska Cruise holidays and tours are bespoke, tailored to your requirements, you pick the most suitable options and Alaska Cruise will do the rest!

For the Alaska cruise of your dreams combine the cruise with a city or resort stay, request the ideal hotel, or take a coach/rail tour. All tailored to suit your individual holiday requirements.

Visit scenic ports of call such as Skagway & Juneau, see nature in action at Icy Strait Point & Hubbard Glacier. Alaska Cruises will ensure you have the trip of a lifetime!

Hotels In Anchorage Alaska - Click on the image below to find the latest deals on hotels around Anchorage in Alaska

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Alaska State Song / Acia Cargill - A musical and pictorial tribute to Alaska in honor of 50 years of statehood.

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