Alaska is best defined by three words: big, beautiful and bountiful. The state is isolated and a traveler’s paradise. There are very few places in the world which can match up to the beauty or grandeur of Alaska. It is a land of lakes and rivers most of which drain to Bering Sea ,Gulf of Alaska in the south, Arctic Ocean in the north. Juneau is the capital of Alaska while Anchorage is the largest city. The other major cities are Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Fairbanks, Whittier, Ketchikan etc.
From north to south the most important roads are: state road 3, 4, 7, 9, 11. From east to west the most important roads are: State road 1, 2,5,6,8 and 10.
Alaska is a tourist’s dream destination. This youthful land is home to 5,000 glaciers, ice fields, mountain ranges, arctic tundra, immense forests, active volcanoes, valleys, innumerable islands, twelve rivers and more than three million lakes. Alaska has almost thirty four thousand miles of coastline. The estimated population is 622,000 and it is the largest state of USA, almost double the size of Texas. Geologically speaking the place is quite young.
Alaska is isolated and expensive destination. It is a place of contrasts. There are few modern high rises in cities like Anchorage and Juneau and within miles along with a handful of modern high-rise buildings there are countless one-room log cabins. On one hand there are gourmet restaurants and on the other hand there is still no civilization.
The Arctic Alaska stretches from Arctic Ocean. The Southeast Alaska is between the Pacific Ocean and Canada. The South Central Alaska is along the Gulf of Alaska. The Aleutian Islands forms the Southwest Alaska.
Alaska as a tourist destination offers what any other place on earth is not capable of. It is a complete blend of past and present. Cities like Juneau and Anchorage are sites of modernity while the interiors are still imbibed in their heritage and culture.
Alaska is best seen from a plane or canoe; it cannot be properly seen on car or foot.