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About Alaska

Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent. Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area, the 4th least populous and the least densely populated of the 50 United States.

Alaska's economy is dominated by the oil, natural gas, and fishing industries, resources which it has in abundance. Tourism is also a significant part of the economy.

Alaska is the largest state in the United States in land area at 663,268 square miles .

Alaska is larger than all but 18 sovereign countries. The largest region of Alaska, much of the interior is uninhabited wilderness. Fairbanks is the only large city in the region.

Brooks Falls

Brooks Falls is a waterfall located within Katmai National Park and Preserve. The falls are famous for watching salmon leap over the 6 foot (1.8 m) falls to get to their Brooks Lake spawning grounds.

Bears in July are the greatest concentrations seen at any year at the falls; up to 25 bears have been seen at one time at Brooks Falls in that month.

Most attention continues to focus on the bears and salmon; it is regular to find up to ten bears at the falls at one time.

As many as 43 bears have been sighted at the falls in a single day. In September, a smaller number of bears (maximum about 18 at one time) can be seen at the falls to feast on the later salmon runs.

St. Michael's Cathedral

St. Michael's Cathedral  is a cathedral of the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of Alaska, at Lincoln and Matsoutoff Streets in Sitka, Alaska.

It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962. St. Michael's Cathedral is located in the downtown business district in Sitka, on the southwestern coast of Baranof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of Southeastern Alaska.

The old cathedral, built between 1844 and 1848, remained in good shape with limited modifications for more than one hundred years.

The royal doors in the center of the Ikonostasis and the chandelier were the most treasured items retrieved and restored in the new cathedral. The silk and brocade vestments were also retrieved.

Alaska State Fair

Alaska State Fair is an annual state fair held in Palmer, Alaska, USA. The Fair draw visitors form the entire Anchorage metropolitan area and beyond for the popular 1 and ½ week event beginning at the end of August.

The Alaska state fair is famous for its record setting giant vegetables and picturesque location at the foot of the Chugach Mountains in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

The Fair features giant vegetable exhibits, like 2010’s pending world record-breaking 46-foot, 8-inch gourd vine, and the state record-breaking 39-inch bean, 83-inch gourd and 1,101-pound pumpkin.

Tongass National Forest

Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States. The Tongass National Forest is home to about 75,000 people who are dependent on the land for their livelihoods. Three Alaska Native nations live in Southeast Alaska: the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian.

The Tongass is Earth's largest remaining temperate rainforest. The Tongass includes parts of the Northern Pacific coastal forests and Pacific Coastal Mountain icefields and tundra ecoregions. The Tongass National Forest offers outstanding recreation opportunities, many of which are only found in Alaska. The forest has close to one million visitors each year. Most come by cruise ships arriving through the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska.

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