We are the champions at so many things, oh yes we are indeed! If we were to be told that the term “go big or go home” was started in Alaska, we wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest. When it comes to natural wonders, the lower 48 can’t even touch our mountains, glaciers, lakes, coastline and immense amount of wildlife. And then we have our seafood industry; salmon, crab, shrimp, herring, halibut… Y-U-M! Alaska is number one at all of these things, but we have a feeling you might know of even more to add to the list. Don’t be shy and tell us in the comments because we are a-okay with bragging on the last frontier from sun up to sun down.
Being the biggest.
This one is kind of a given, right? Almost twice as big as Texas and larger than the area of the 22 smallest states in the US. Go big or go home!
And the widest.
Did you know that when a map of the last frontier is superimposed on a map of the "lower 48" our great 49th state actually extends from coast to coast? Winning!
At 17 million acres, the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska is the largest in the entire United States.
Alaska has six times as many pilots per capita than anywhere else in the US. Not too surprising considering we need to fly to many of the most beautiful, secluded and remote areas in the state.
Seafood industry domination.
Hands down, Alaska leads the nation in seafood production volume. When you get annual numbers like 5.7 billion pounds valued at $1.7 billion in total revenue, you know you're not playing in the minor leagues.
Dogs. And dog lovers.
We could talk about how our state sport is Dog Mushing but we'd rather just focus on how dogs are just the BEST. We love them. They are smart, courageous, funny, sweet, cute, loyal and compassionate. From wobbly little pups to gentle hearted senior dogs. They are a part of our families in Alaska.
Lenient gun laws.
To keep this simple, we need guns to survive in Alaska. For protection and for subsistence practices. They are just a part of our way of life.
With less than two people living per square mile in Alaska, we are proud to be secluded and left alone. Crazy crowds and nonstop traffic can stay in the lower 48.
2,670 named islands and who knows how many more out there just sitting pretty and peaceful without a name. We have more islands than any other state in the nation and we are pretty darn proud of that!
With an estimated 100,000 glaciers and around 664 named glaciers, we are the champions when it comes to housing these stunning blue beauties.
They say about 52% of the state population are men, which is higher than any other state in the nation. But watch out, "the odds are good but the goods are odd!"
Home to the tallest mountain in North America (Denali) plus 17 of the 20 highest peaks. Total world (mountain) domination.
The largest amount of coastline in the United States? You got that right! Plus our coastline extends to three different seas including the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea. We are the champions, oh yes we are!
130 volcanoes and volcanic fields in Alaska. All of which are either currently active or have been active within the last two million years.
Rolling off your fingertips.
Did you know that Alaska is the only state in the US that can be typed using just one row of keys on the computer keyboard. We think this makes us the smartest state in the nation, too! 😉
Lakes and inland water.
With more than 3,000 rivers and over 3 million lakes, Alaska wins this category hands down!
Home to the city that has the longest day and the longest night.
Barrow, Alaska is a truly special place indeed. The locals are the winners when it comes to managing the extremes.
The most in the US. From blacks, to browns and even polar bears. And for the most in Alaska, head to Admiralty Island.
Being the most northernmost, westernmost and easternmost.
Fun fact time! The northernmost place in the US is Point Barrow, the easternmost place in the US is Pochnoi Point on Semisopochnoi Island in the Aleutian Chain, and the westernmost place in the US is Amatignak Island in the Aleutian Chain.