Home to the smallest population in the USA, at size larger than the states of California, Texas and Montana combined, the state of Alaska borders Canada to the south and Russia’s Bering Strait to the west.
The once frozen wasteland, purchased from the Russians in 1867 for 2 cents an acre, later became the number one resource for the USA in gold and oil income, and it finally earned its status as state, the 49th in the USA, in 1959.
With at least nine natural parks and reserves, Alaska makes a perfect hiking destination for tourists who wish to explore the fresh, open wilderness along with the highest snow packed mountain ranges and some of the most beautiful coastlines in North America. Within its borders is Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in the USA.
Wood-Tikchik is the biggest state park, and with a size equal to the state of Delaware, has the world`s most vast concentration of glaciers, covering 29,000 square miles of area.
Alaska can be easily reached by plane, to Anchorage, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, and Juneau via daily air services, mainly through Alaska Airlines originating in Seattle. By car it can be most easily approached via the Alaska Highway through Canada, while by bus with Greyhound Canada using the Alaska Direct Bus Line from Whitehorse to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Dawson City.source: Running to the Tape source: Alaska Dispatch source: Robert Glenn Ketchum source: climbing.com source source: Carl Johnson source: Camp Denali source: travel onwards source: Carl Johnson source: travels onward source: Katharina Merchant source: Clint Talley source: Lisa Stone source: Tom and Marcia Murray source: travel onwards