Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alaska
Alaska is not only the largest state in the US but it’s also the westernmost and the northernmost U.S state. One of the things that come to most people’s heads when they hear about Alaska is its extremely cold weather. For those who love traveling, Alaska is a beautiful place with a lot to offer and the following are some of the amazing things that you most probably didn’t know about it!
For Every 21 People In Alaska, There Is 1 Grizzly Bear
Alaska has an estimated population of about 730,000 people in 2019 making this the lowest population density in the US. Alaska’s huge size a majority of which is wilderness ensures that there are more animals than there are humans. For instance, the number of caribou is more than those of the people residing there. Grizzly bears are some of the endangered animals in the world but you can find them in numbers in Alaska as their population is estimated to be more than 32,000.
There Are More Than 3 Million Lakes And 3000 Rivers In Alaska
Alaska is a paradise for nature lovers as it offers diversity like nowhere else. The US has over 250,000 rivers and 3,000 of them are found in Alaska. The state also holds the record for the highest number of lakes in the country with over 3 million lakes being found here. The largest lake in Alaska is Lake Iliamna which covers over 1,000 sq miles.
Alaska Is Home To 7 Of The 12 Biggest National Parks In The US
The US is home to more than 50 national parks but only 12 of those parks exceed 1 million acres in area. Seven of these big parks are found in Alaska! It’s therefore not a surprise that the top four biggest national parks in the US are all found in Alaska. The biggest is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park where you can see animals such as the caribou, moose, bison, Alaskan bear, and wolves. The second biggest national park in the US is the Gates of the Arctic National Park which is followed by Denali National Park and Katmai National Park all which are found in Alaska.
Alaska Has About 100,000 Glaciers
Glaciers are usually a sight to behold and Alaska has plenty of these beauties. Scientists say that Alaska is home to about individual 100,000 glaciers with those named being less than 700. The largest named glacier is Bering Glacier which covers about 2,000 square miles and the longest tidewater glacier is the Hubbard Glacier which is 76-miles long.
The Majority Of Alaska Are Inaccessible By Car
Yes, you read that right! Most parts of this great state are not accessible by car and that includes Juneau – its capital city. Alaska is largely remote and sparsely populated and for you to be able to access it or even its capital city you must use other means of transport such as ferry or a plane. Research shows that despite Alaska having the biggest land mass among the 50 US states, only about 20% of the state is accessible by road.