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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.

Many thanks to www.50states.com for use of the state map.

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

Planning a trip to Alaska? Use this handy map from Google to help you find what you are looking for.

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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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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

This is a set of lenses about the United States Of America and includes all 50 states, with a lens for each. Each lens includes a list where you can add any lenses that are relevant to that state. Added Bonus: if you add a link back to my state lens and Lensroll it to yours, I will make your lens a Favorite Lens to help spotlight it.

ALABAMA         ALASKA          ARIZONA

ARKANSAS        CALIFORNIA      COLORADO

CONNECTICUT     DELAWARE        FLORIDA

GEORGIA         HAWAII          IDAHO

ILLINOIS        INDIANA         IOWA

KANSAS          KENTUCKY        LOUISIANA

MAINE           MARYLAND        MASSACHUSETTS

MICHIGAN        MINNESOTA       MISSISSIPPI

MISSOURI        MONTANA         NEBRASKA

NEVADA          NEW HAMPSHIRE   NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO      NEW YORK        NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH DAKOTA    OHIO            OKLAHOMA

OREGON          PENNSYLVANIA    RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA  SOUTH DAKOTA    TENNESSEE

TEXAS           UTAH            VERMONT

VIRGINIA        WASHINGTON      WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN       WYOMING         THE USA

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    • CruiseReady profile image

      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I haven't been to Alaska yet, but would love to go some summer.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      What a wonderful article about Alaska! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you so much for featuring my Three Bears of Alaska lens. Have you added this lens to my 50 States lens? Have you traveled to Alaska yet?

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Wow you sure found a lot of information for Alaska. You also gave me a couple new ideas for my articles. Thank you Poddy.

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      HarryPotterFanatic 6 years ago

      Alaska sounds like a neat place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      Alaska is such an amazing place. I visited for the first time last year and would love to go back again to explore more.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love, love, love this lens! Featured on my Travel Bucket List lens. Great job.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      If I ever find the insentive to travel again - here is one place I want to go to. Thank you 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Alaska is a state I would love to visit - but would not want to run into Sarah Palin though!

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      Vladimir 8 years ago from Australia

      It looks very cold!

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Great lens and I love your idea of giving information on all the States! 5*'s for sure.

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I've not been to Alaska, but would like to get there one of these days! Very nice lens and I can see where your niche is going :) Let me know when you get to the Ohio lens ;) 5*s.

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      sisterra 8 years ago

      Excellent lens!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I would love to visit Alaska one day.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Hey Tony -- have you started that USA Lensography yet? You know what would be a cool thing to have in a module -- if you could do a map of the USA with states linked to your lenses. zeemaps? ;)

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      fotolady49 lm 8 years ago

      I learned some new things about Alaska. Nice lens. Good idea to feature each of the 50 United States in a lens.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      [in reply to Intuitive] Thanks. I will be adding more to this lens as time goes on, including pictures etc. However my plan is for this to be a base for lenses about the state, so I don't want to cover everything myself.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      2 down.... 48 to go?? And what about Puerto Rico? This will bring you high above 100 to make Giant 100 Squid. I've been to nearly all 50 states, so I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of these.

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      Since you wanted to know what I was thinking, might I suggest more pictures? The Yelp module? Otherwise, 5*

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Welcome to the North America Travel Group. I have added a new Alaska module and featured your lens. Excellent work.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I can imagine a bunch of old prospectors singing that state song! Nice lens, I would love to go there someday.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      You're on a roll! Only 48 more to go.

      Thank you for adding this very informative lens to 50 States.

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      oneskms 8 years ago

      Another great job done Poddys - off to view the 50 states lens (you may know why)

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Nice lens on Alaska! I keep having trouble with this lens not wanting to load, but I persisted until I could see it.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Never been to Alaska but sure enjoy looking at pictures

      of this magnificent state.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Tony -- another stellar state lens! Good job -- like the paragraph you've included here in this module.

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      Interesting facts you've got here. I will follow your "state guide" to find out more about each state. Thanks

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I think you are on a roll. This is great. These lenses will be a valuable resource for school children and travelers. Neat idea.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. I haven't been to Alaska yet, but it's on the list

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      I have a dear friend that lives in Alaska, Right on the water, He is a physician's assistant and because of the remoteness of his area, he functions more as an MD. He never stops talking about the gorgeousness of this state. It is one of the best cruises ever, (No I didn't get to go yet) and the whales in the oceon is fantastic. I loved your lens.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I love Alaska! (But you knew that already, didn't you?)