Country of the Week: Alaska, USA


From white-capped mountains and stunning nature, Alaska has been called "America's Last Frontier". While many people have varying opinions about its supposed chilly climate, the many sights and quaint little towns you can visit help make fantastic memories that you'll remember for the rest of your days.
ContinentNorth America

Other namesAlaxsxaq, Alyeska

CapitalJuneau

Most populous cityAnchorage

Language(s)Spanish, Amerindian languages, Creole languages, Romani language

Current political leader: Governor: Mike Dunleavy

CurrencyAmerican dollars

Major ReligionsChristian, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism

National costumeParkas, Kuspuks

National symbolSeal: A simple view of the country's mountains, illuminated by the Northern Lights. It is further surrounded by the clear blue waters of lake, boats traversing through it. National Sport: Dog mushing; Gem: Jade; State Mammal: Moose; State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan; Flower: Forget-me-not;


Famous landmarkDenali National Park and Preserve, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Kenai Fjords National Park, Tracy Arm, Chena Hot Springs, Eklutna Lake

Movies filmed on-location Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Into the Wild, The Big White, The Tony Blair Witch Project, The Edge, Never Cry Wolf

ClimateContrary to how most people would imagine Alaska, this place has more to its climate than cold ice! In fact, only a quarter of its territory experience Arctic-like climate. Considering the atmospheric temperature, it ranges from 13°F to 58°F. So it's not always below zero degrees! Aside from that, the amounts of precipitation or rainfall can start at 4.5 in. to 151 in. a year.

Popular festivals: Alaska State Fair, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Alaska Festival of Native Arts, Sitka Summer Music Festival, International Folk Festival, Gakona Music Festival
Travel Treats: Hot Chocolate, Mexico