Great North" had been already inhabited by Eskimos and Aleutians
for millennia when a Dane Vitus
Bering and Russian explorer, Alexei Chirikov, "discovered"
Alaska in 1741.
Russian control from that time forward, Alaska was later purchased by the U.S.
as Secretary of State William Seward. It was he who arranged for more than $7
million dollars to pay for the huge frozen land mass in 1867, ridiculed by the
popular press at the time as "Seward's Folly".
was some 30 years later, however, when the famous Alaskan
Gold Rush of 1896 attracted more than 30,000 people to the state to seek their
is a major summer cruise destination with popular Alaska
Inside Passage excursions featuring jaw-dropping scenic
stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and Tracy Arm.
Alaska is also a haven for adventure travelers, attracted year-round by acres of (so far) unspoiled wilderness and, for the truly adventurous, the annual Iditarod dog sled race in March.
Denalli National Park is home to forest, snowy vistas, and Mt. McKinley, America's highest peak.
For family-friendly attractions in Alaska, nothing beats Anchorage for a wide variety
of fun activities.
Head to downtown Anchorage to the Anchorage Imaginarium, an interactive science museum for kids of all ages or, just south of downtown, spend an afternoon at the Alaska Zoo featuring grizzlies, polar bears, moose, and other native wildlife.
For a whole day of fun-till-you-drop activity, also don't miss the H2Oasis Water Park, ("a tropical island in the last frontier") with indoor water rides aplenty and featuring a wave pool and the Master Blaster water coaster.
- The comprehensive guide to Alaska featuring guides to the state's regions, cities & towns, state parks,
with maps and photo gallery, video clips. Also check out the trip planner offering a food and hotel guide, travel tips and kid-friendly attractions.
Alaska State Parks - The complete picture including travel facts, information,
history and lore surrounding each of Alaska's expansive public park areas including
those on the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, Kodiak and more, with cabin
rental fees, park admission, safety tips, related links.
Alaska Visitor Information - Local hotel owner offers a nifty guide to
the area including news & updates, event calendar, local and nearby attractions,
trip planner, budget travel ideas, food and lodging, and don't miss the Fairbanks
Live! webcam. Cool.
Juneau.com - What's doing in Juneau with an event calendar,
maps & pictures, fun facts, directory of tours, boating &
camping facilities, dining and hotels
North - The entire region covered including Alaska, the Yukon Territory,
the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland,
and the Faroe Islands with an extensive directory to lodging & hotels, tours,
cruises, history and lore.