Alaska, the 49th state, is the largest state, and also the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost! It has the most national parks, the most wildlife, the highest mountains, the longest coastline, and the lowest population density.
Alaska is full of oddities and paradoxes, such as a state-run railroad and a state capital that cannot be reached by highway. The biggest traffic hazard is moose on the road, the main airport has several times been closed by volcanic eruptions, and everybody seems to hunt and fish. All legal residents get annual payments from state petroleum revenues, the nearest countries are Canada and Russia, and the whole state was purchased for less than two cents an acre. In a word, Alaska is unique.
I have been to Alaska four times, both by land and by sea, and feel that I have barely begun to scratch the surface. My biggest expedition was a 9000 mile round-trip in August and September of 2010 through Canada to Alaska that took me all the way to the Arctic Ocean. Current plans are to revisit Alaska in late summer 2013 to complete my coverage.
I have divided Alaska into three regions: