Full of nature with lots of adventures waiting for you. Get ready for ALASKA.
Alaska is the 49th state of the United States of America. It is the largest state in the US by area, the 3rd least populous and the most sparsely populated of all the states.
Its economy is dominated by the fishing, natural gas and oil industries. Also the military and tourism are an important part of the economy.
The capital Janeau can only be reached by plane or by boat, just like many other small towns in Alaska.
The United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30 in 1867, for 7.2 million US dollars at approximately two cents per acre.
The state is the northernmost and westernmost in the US and has the most easterly longitude in the United States because of the Aleutian Islands extend into the Eastern Hemisphere. About 500 miles (800km) of British Columbia (Canada) separates Alaska from Washington. It is technically part of the continental US but is sometimes not included in colloquial use: Alaska is not part of the contiguous US, often called “the lower 48”. The state is bordered by Yukon and British Columbia in Canada, to the east, the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean to the south and southwest, the Bering Sea, Bering Strait, and Chukachi Sea to the west and the Arctic Ocean to the north. Alaska’s territorial waters touch Russia’s territorial waters in the Bering Strait, as the Russian Big Diomede Island and Alaskan Little Diomede Island are only 3 miles (4.8km) apart. Alaska has a longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. It is the largest state in the United Stated by a total area at 663,268 square miles (1,717.856km²), over twice the size of Texas, the next largest state.
Soooo…after all these information about this nature rich state I have to write more posts about our roadtrip of 10 days through Alaska. But first some more info’s about our trip. 4 German girls, curious about Alaska’s nature, decide to make their way to the last frontier. In a black Nissan Altima, they conquer the wilderness, carrying a big 6-person tent, their luggage, tons of food, ’cause we are all #foodies, and their selves. To say the least: It was cozy. You may ask yourself: why such a small car for a 10-days roadtrip with 4 girls? Well…those 4 girls had everything planned out perfectly – they made reservation for an RV with a bed, a kitchen, a shower and everything that would make their stay a little more pleasant – until they arrived at the Anchorage International Airport and were told – you are under 25? No RV + none of you have a credit card? No RV. Since we already talked about our budget there was no way we could take a hotel every place we go. And either way…..it’s Alaska, we need a car! So those 4 girls had to walk from car rental agency to car rental agency after an exhausting, long flight to beg to rent a car for under 25 year olds without a credit card until they finally found National by Alamo and got a cute little Nissan that they later called “Big Rudy”. Luckily we wanted to have a “Plan B” and one of us brought a tent.
From the 26th of May until the 5th of June we travelled through Alaska’s nature and had an amazing time!