By: Avery Pascoe

Cool things about Alaska and things you can do

Today I am going to tell you about Alaska. The reason you should go to Alaska is because you can enjoy many outdoor activities. For instance, you can take river cruises, rent ATVs to go 4-wheeling, go fishing, hiking and river rafting through Alaska's spectacular wilderness. There are ocean tours that take you along the shoreline so you can view whales, sea otters and the shoreline scenery. You can take land tours to view bears and other Alaskan wildlife. If you want to learn about the Gold Rush you should go to Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park Visitor Center. The Museum of The North in Fairbanks has research exhibitions and art galleries to enjoy. Be sure to try Alaskan King Crab and King Salmon the state's fish. Alaska is known for it's fantastic seafood because fishing is a huge industry in the state. There are many amazing State and National Parks to visit in the state of Alaska, one of the most famous ones is Denali National Park.

State Facts

Tree: Sitka Spruce

Flower: Forget-Me-Not

Rock: Jade

Fish: King Salmon

Motto: North To The Future

Song: Alaska's Flag

Approximate population: 710,231

Size Ranking: 663,268 Sq. Miles: largest state in the U.S.

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State History

Alaska became a state on January 3, 1959. It was purchased from Russia for about 2 cents an acre. Russia wanted to sell its Alaskan Territory fearing that it might be seized if war broke out with Britain. The discovery of gold in the 1890's created a stampede of prospectors and settlers. On March 27, 1964 at 5:36pm local time a great earthquake of magnitude 9.2 occurred in the Prince William Sound region of Alaska. The burst started at about 25 kilometers underneath the surface. The earthquake was approximately four and a half minutes and was the most powerful earthquake recorded in U.S. history. This earthquake was called "The Great Alaska Earthquake".

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