Likes & Dislikes

Opinions

Alaska - Skagway - Broadway - j.k. photo

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Practicals

Transport

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Alaska - Seward - male moose encounter - m.j. photo

Alaska - float plane - p.v. photo

Alaska - view from the cockpit - p.v. photo

Alaska - Delta Junction - the monument of the Alaska Highway's northern end - Elter photo

Accomodation

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Alaska - Ketchikan - Moose Lodge - m.j. photo

Food

In Alaskan restaurants, the meals' size is even bigger than the average elsewhere in the US.

Alaska - king crab - s.i. photo

Alaska - salmon - p.v. photo

Shopping

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Alaska - Anchorage - adequate lingerie - j.k photo

Public safety

To the surprise of many people, Alaska has the highest crime rate in the United States of 885 crimes per 100,000 people. Tourists are not among the victims.

Some neighborhoods of Anchorage have serious gang issues; for instance, in northern Mountain View new immigrant youngsters cause troubles.

In Alaska, abuse, sexual violence against women within families is a serious issue.

Alaska - Glacier Bay NP rangers

Others

1. The light in the summer is a problem - blackout curtains and sleep masks help a lot.

Background

Alaska - welcome sign - Elter photo

Destination in brief

Size: 1.718 million km²  (663,268 sq mi) - Alaska is by far the largest US state.

Most of Alaska is entirely uninhabited, mostly due to terrain. It is practically impossible to drive or walk to most such places: vast and wintry mountain ranges, swamplands, rocky tundra, volcanoes, and glaciers.

Population (in 2020): 734,000 - 65% White, 14,5% Native American, 8,5% Two or more races, 6,3% Asian, 3,3% Black (African American)

Capital city: Juneau - Anchorage is the largest city of Alaska

Geography

Alaska is the land of bears. With more than 100,000, one often comes across bears on a road trip. However, there are two well-known places in Alaska to properly observe bears: Kodiak Island and Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park.

Alaska - a moose - j.k. photo

History

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Alaska - Fairbanks downtown - a fountain statue called "Unknown First Family" - the statue has been dedicated to all the Alaska families of the past, present, and future - Elter photo

Alaska - Skagway (southeast Alaska) - old railway bridge - Elter photo

Nowadays

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Alaska - Skagway in May - j.k. photo

People

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Alaska - a local - p.v. photo

Attractions

Glacier Bay National Park

Alaska - Glacier Bay NP - Lamplugh Glacier, a 13 kilometers long glacier - j.k. photo

Denali National Park & Preserve

Alaska - Denali National Park and Preserve - j.k. photo

Alaska - Denali National Park and Preserve - a caribou (a wild reindeer) (Rangifer tarandus) - j.k. photo

Anchorage

Anchorage - j.k. photo

Mendenhall Glacier

Alaska - Mendenhall Glacier - j.k. photo

Kenai Fjords National Park

Alaska - Kenai Fjords National park - a.l. photo

Alaska SeaLife Center

Chugach State Park

University of Alaska Museum of the North

Fairbanks

Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park

Alaska Inside Passage

 Tracy Arm Fjord

Alaska Highway

 Alaska Native Heritage Center

 Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

 Iditarod National Historic Trail

Seward

Alaska - caught at Seward - s.i. photo

Totem Bight State Historic Park

Mendenhall Glacier

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Alaska Railroad

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