The largest state of the United States is bursting with stunning natural beauty just waiting for exploration. Alaska is a pristine, unaffected marine and wilderness sanctuary that offers solitude and contemplation away from modern life. Admire this beautiful region by taking an Alaska vacation.
Russia was the first European nation to stake a claim over the territory of Alaska. However, the Russians never fully realized Alaska’s potential and the European super-power sold the land to the United States for $7.2 million in 1867. Interest in the 49th state blossomed during a gold rush beginning in the 1890s. Today, America benefits from oil and gas deposits, which dominate around 80 per cent of the state’s revenue. The appeal for visitors is the unaffected wilderness and the incredible opportunities to observe endemic wildlife and native flora.
It’s safe to say that Alaska is a summer destination for tourists. Most visitors come between July and August with the shoulder months of May and September still offering mild temperatures to explore the region. In summer the mercury rises to an average of 64 degrees in Juneau and Anchorage. In winter temperatures drop below zero and snow covers the landscape.
The humble dogsled was once a popular method of transportation in the winter months but has now become a popular sport typified by the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a 1150 mile trail from Anchorage to Nome. Beginning in 1973, the record was set in 2011 with a time of eight days, 19 hours, 46 minutes and 39 seconds.