(State of Alaska)
• Location: Northwestern United States
• Capital: Juneau
• Language(s): English, Spanish, indigenous Indian languages
• Population: 723,173
• Total Area: 1,717,854 sq km
• Curious Alcohol Fact: Although located in a remote part of the continent, your fine wines are readily available.
• Most Popular Drink(s): Wines, beers, tea
• Interesting Fact: Alaska is the largest state of the United States by area.
• Nickname: The Last Frontier
• What You Must Do in Alaska: Visit Mount McKinley (Denali) which is the highest mountain in North America.
When viewed from many perspectives, one sees that the state of Alaska is indeed a unique one. This is state is the northernmost and the westernmost of all the states in the United States. In addition to this, Alaska is the largest of all the states in the country and it stands on what is one of the largest peninsulas in the world. Again, Alaska experiences the extreme of cold temperatures as it shares a border with the Arctic Ocean in the north. Unlike the other 48 states in the Union, Alaska is not part of continental America (the other is the island state of Hawaii, which lies in the Pacific Ocean). The geography of Alaska is often compared to countries in Northern Europe (especially Norway) with its array of impressive fjords and inlets. It once belonged to Russia but was sold to the United States in 1867. It was admitted to the Union in 1959 as the 49th state. Although Anchorage is the largest city, Juneau is the state capital.
One thing that you will find fascinating with Alaska is its native population. The first settlers in the region are the Eskimos, Tlingit Indians, Aleuts and the Tinneh Indians. These are the original inhabitants of the area and they are still present till date. Others include White Americans (whose ancestors were mainly early gold prospectors or oil tycoons), South Asians (especially Filipinos) and Russians. I was not surprised to come across Russians as Alaska is very close to the Russian Federation –in geographical terms, Russia is just a stone throw from Alaska.
Food in Alaska
If you are thinking that Alaska is one barren and icy place with no food, then you have not experience the delightful cuisine of this vast American state. For the lovers of seafood, Alaska is heaven on earth as you will be able to consume your fried halibut or steamed salmon almost anywhere in the state. All over the state, especially in Juneau and Anchorage, there are fine eateries and restaurants where you can have a delightful fill of fresh seafood. Seafood is the dominant meal in Alaska. If you are after the exotic, you can get a plate of whale blubber or seal meat! Very tasty I must confess.
Drinking in Alaska
You can the best of wines from various parts of the globe in hotels and restaurants in the capital city of Anchorage, Juneau and some other major cities in the state. However, if you are after the best of drinks, you may have to search every nook and corner, as many restaurants in the state are not located in conspicuous places.
Interesting Facts About Alaska
• In terms of the land area, Alaska is the largest state in the country.
• Alaska was once part of Russia.
• The city of Barrow in Alaska is the most northerly American city.
• The state is known for one of the most spectacular winter events in North America –the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
• The dragonfly is Alaska’s state insect.
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