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The largest state in the USA, Alaska is a sparsely populated land of immense natural beauty. At one-fifth the size of the lower 48 states, Alaska has 3 million lakes, over 3,000 rivers, 17 of the USA’s 20 highest peaks, 100,000 glaciers and 15 national parks, preserves and monuments.
Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, is both a popular tourist destination and the centre of commerce and transportation for the region; 40% of the state’s population lives here.
Fairbanks, Alaska's second-largest city, situated at the northern end of the Alaska Highway, is a trade and transportation centre for the Interior and Far North regions. From mid-May through to July, visitors can enjoy more than 20 hours of sunlight a day.
Planning a trip to Alaska can be a bit more complicated than getting ready to travel in the rest of the United States. In addition to the obstacles that vast distances and the range of climatic conditions present, there is the added problem that the best places book up quickly for the high summer season.

General informations

Capital: Juneau
Population: 663.661
Area: 9.976.139 Km²
Time: Alaska (GMT - 9) in the greater part of the state; Hawaii-Aleutian (GMT - 10) west of 169° 30′. Daylight Saving Time is observed in the greater part of the state, but not west of 169° 30′.
Climate: The climate varies widely throughout the state. Anchorage’s summer weather is pleasant and the winters are mild. Fairbanks, the Interior and parts of the Bush region experience Alaska’s most extreme weather conditions with average temperatures ranging from 22ºC (72°F) in high summer to -28ºC (-19°F) in winter.
Health: You’ll find modern, full-service hospitals in each of Alaska’s larger cities, and even in some small towns that act as regional centers. There’s some kind of clinic even in the smallest towns, although they often are staffed by physicians’ assistants rather than medical doctors.
Business Hours: In the larger cities, major grocery stores are open until late at night and carry a wide range of products (even fishing gear) in addition to food. At a minimum, stores are open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, are open on Saturday afternoon, and are closed on Sunday, but many are open much longer hours, especially in summer.
Banks may close an hour earlier and, if open on Saturday, it’s only in the morning. Under state law, bars don’t have to close until 5am, but many communities have an earlier closing, generally around 2am.
Cellular Phone Coverage: The populated portion of the state and most of the paved highways have cellular coverage. The largest provider is an Alaska company called ACS, and AT&T has the second best network. Usable coverage is often less than what the companies claim, so don’t bet your life on being able to make a call.

 
 

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Anchorage
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Embraced by six mountain ranges and warmed by a maritime climate, Anchorage - Alaska's largest city - is alive year round with adventure, recreation, seasonal festivities, sporting events and more.
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