17 humblebrag facts about Alaska
No big deal, we just live in one of the most extreme and quirkiest places in the US of A.
1. Alaska has 17 of 20 highest mountain peaks in the United States
See Denali “hiding” above?
2. Speaking of size, you’ll find 7 of 10 biggest U.S. national parks in Alaska
3. Curious about our beautiful flag? The blue represents the Alaska sky and forget-me-not flower, plus there’s the North Star and the Big Dipper
The best part is that it was designed by 13 year-old Alaska native Benny Benson.
4. How huge is Alaska really?
How about fitting two Texases inside? Or try bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined.
5. Alaska has more than 34,000 miles of coastline
Imagine all the coastline of the continental United States and Hawaii combined, then add 6,640 miles to that.
6. Alaska is the most northern (Point Barrow), western (Cape Wrangell) AND eastern state in the U.S. (the Aleutian Islands cross the 180° meridian of longitude)
How crazy is that?
7. Meet Stubbs the cat. He’s been Talkeetna’s mayor for 20 years now.
8. The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, which comes out to about 2¢ an acre
Talk about the ultimate red tag clearance sale.
9. You can actually see Russia from Alaska
Technically, Alaska and Russia are only 2-1/2 miles apart at their closest points (that’s Little Diomede on the left (USA), Big Diomede on the right (Russia)).
10. Certain places in Alaska get two sunsets in a single calendar day
Don’t ask us to explain, just read this.
11. The coldest record temp in the nation is -80° F recorded in Alaska’s Endicott Mountains
By the way, that’s boiling water being tossed overhead to sublimate in -40° F.
12. Can’t see the forest for the trees?
It’s well know that the Tongass National Forest is by far the largest national forest in the nation – 17,000,000 acres. What’s not as well known is the Adak National Forest in the Aleutian Islands is the smallest national forest in the nation — just 33 trees.
13. Look down at your keyboard
Alaska is the only state you can type on a single row.
14. We have lots of interior water — 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes
15. Meditate on the length of 67 days — that’s how long the longest night lasts in Barrow. Now meditate on 82 days — that’s Barrow’s longest day of continuous sunlight.
16. Alaska is from the Aleut word “alaxsxaq”
It literally translates to the “object toward which the action of the sea is directed.”
17. 8.7 miles — that’s the distance you’d have to travel from the 25,663 feet below sea level depth of the Aleutian Trench, the lowest point in North America, to the 20,306 foot summit of Denali, the highest point in North America