General Alaska Facts
Of the 20 highest peaks in the
Mount Elias: 18,008 feet
Foraker - 17,400 feet
Bona - 16,500 feet
Churchhill - 15,638 feet
Fairweather - 15,300 feet
Hubbard - 15,015 feet
Bear - 14,831
Kodiak Bear; 1,400 pounds, 11 feet tall
Polar Bear; 1,400 pounds, 11 feet tall
Grizzly Bear (Brown Bear); 800 pounds, 9 feet tall
Moose; Average 1,350 pounds, 5 feet high to shoulder
Antlers span; 72 inches
The moose is the largest member of the deer family and can weigh over 1500 pounds.
The polar bear rarely goes onto land. It prefers to hunt seals on the ice pack. The polar bear is the largest carnivorous animal on earth.
The musk ox is a long-haired oxen that is a holdover from the Ice Age.
The Kodiak bear is the largest bear in the world.
The largest king salmon caught by rod and reel weighed over 100 pounds!
Halibut live on the bottom of the ocean floor off
The arctic grayling has a large dorsal fin and can live only in cold,
Alaskan commercial fisherman earn hundreds of millions of dollars each year catching salmon, halibut, and cod.
The Malaspina Glacier near Yakutat is larger than the state of
Denali National Park is home to
The Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are both over 19,000,000 acres in size.
The coldest ever recorded temperature in
The Towns and Cities of
Barrow - locate on the Beaufort Sea, is the northernmost settlement in the
Kotzebue - on the northwest coast, lies just above the Arctic Circle, as does nearly one-third of
Dutch Harbor (Unalaska) - set amid the stunning scenery of the Aleutian Islands, is a top commerical fishing port renowned for its unique history, plentiful bird watching and world-class sport fishing opportunities.
Dillingham - began life as a Russian trading center in 1818. Located on Bristol Bay, it is now a commercial and sport fishing center and the gateway to
King Salmon - on the Alaska Peninsula, is a fishing hub and gateway to
Cordova- takes its name from a nearby strait, named Puerto Cordova by Spanish explorer Dan Salvador Fidalgo in 1970. The town's fishing fleet is the source for much of the famed
Biggest MISCONCEPTIONS about
Most visitors have pleasant surprises in store when they come to
Weather is the #1 misconception. Over a third of all vacation/pleasure visitors found the weather better than expected. During the summer, average daytime temperatures throughout the state range from the 60s to the 90s.
Road conditions are usually better than expected. Almost the entire length of the
The third misconception is price. Contrary to popular belief, prices throughout
MEALS Expect variety in price and in menu.
ACCOMMODATIONS Rates reflect the low tariff in the off season the high in the summer months.
Bed & Breakfast
Private Cabins $40.-90.
CAMPING Reservations suggested.
RV Hookup From $5.00/day
3- and 4-Day Cruises From $9/person
3-Day Nonresident License
14-Day Nonres. License
Charter Boat Fishing From$120.00/day
Please! No Offense Intended...Just Sharing Some Smiles
Sam had been in business for 25 years and is finally sick of the stress. He quits his job and buys 50 acres of land in
"Great," says Sam, "after six months out here I'm ready to meet some local folks. Thank you." As Lars is leaving, he stops. "Gotta warn you... There's gonna be some drinkin'." "Not a problem... after 25 years in business, I can drink with the best of 'em."
Again, as he starts to leave, Lars stops. "More 'n' likely gonna be some fightin' too." Sam says, "Well, I get along with people. I'll be there.Thanks again."
Once again Lars turns from the door. "I've seen some wild sex at these parties, too."
"Now that's really not a problem," says Sam. "I've been all alone for six months! I'll definitely be there. By the way, what should I wear?"
Lars stops in the door again and says, "Whatever you want, just gonna be the two of us."
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen - had to be a female. We should've known. Only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.
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