With its spectacular and diverse landscapes, it’s no surprise when people think about Alaska, most people think about all the natural beauty. After all, The Last Frontier is home to mountains, volcanoes, forests, lakes, and a wide abundance of wildlife; and although it is the largest state in the United States, it is also one of the least populated. Whether you’re looking to visit, learn a few things, or getting ready to move to the state; here are five facts you should know.
You Can See the Northern Lights
In Fairbanks, Alaska, the aurora borealis can be viewed an average of 243 days per year. This amazing display of lights is created by charged protons and electrons striking through the upper atmosphere.
Alaska Has an Interesting Bear Policy
It’s legal to shoot and kill bears in the state, but waking up a bear to photograph it is prohibited.
The State Has a Unique Official Sport
The official state sport is dog mushing (sledding); and the largest event held for the state is the Iditarod Dog Sledding Race. The race has been running since 1973 and covers 1,000 miles.
5 Percent of the State Is Covered by Glaciers
Alaska is home to over half the world’s glaciers, and has over 1,000 different glaciers.
Alaska Has 21 Official State Languages
The state has 20 different native state languages, along with the traditional English language. These include: Ahtna, Alutiiq, Central Alaskan Yup’ik, Deg Xinag, Dena’ina, Eyak, Gwich’in, Haida, Hän, Holikachuk, Inupiaq, Koyukon, Siberian Yupik, Tanacross, Tanana, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Unangan, Upper Kuskokwim, and Upper Tanana.