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The second to last state to enter the union, Alaska, is far from the baby of the U.S. It’s the largest of all the states and has a unique and amazing set of stories to go with it.
1. It is legal to go bear hunting in Alaska, but it is illegal to wake up a bear in order to take its photograph.
2. The average temperature in Fairbanks during January is -1 Fahrenheit.
3. Alaska is less than 50 miles away from Russia.
4. There are some amazing topographical elements in Alaska. 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the U.S. are located there, including the highest in all of North America. It also has over 100 volcanoes and volcanic fields.
5. Of all the states, Alaska is the only that doesn’t have a state sales or income tax.
6. Alaska has more coastline than the entire United States combined.
7. During the gold rush in 1897, potatoes were highly valued for their vitamin C. Miners would trade gold in order to get them.
8. There was only one battle in WWII that took place on American soil, and it was in 1943 when the Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands (part of Alaska).
9. Over half of the world’s glaciers are in Alaska.
10. Alaska has such a low population density that if NYC had the same density, there would be a mere 16 people living in Manhattan.
11. Thanks to the extremely long days in summer, giant vegetables are incredibly common in Alaska. One cabbage weighed in at 94 pounds.
12. Don’t disrupt someone while they’re moose hunting in Alaska. It’s illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they’re engaged in the activity.
13. There is a city called North Pole, Alaska that lives up its name. They have Christmas-themed attractions, streets named Snowman Lane and Kris Kringle Drive, and boast the world’s largest fiberglass Santa statue.
14. Roadkill is considered state property in Alaska, especially moose or caribou. State troopers will pick up the animals, butcher them, and distribute to families in need.