Every adjective you can think of applies! Beautiful, quirky, majestic, original, peaceful, dramatic….the list truly does go on and on. Alaska is one of those holiday destinations that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. You’ll never forget the image of a moose walking across a highway, or bears catching salmon as they fly out of the river.
The U.S. Senate approved the purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867 for $7.2 million or two cents per acre and Alaska became the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959. Alaska can seem daunting, but it is completely do-able as a holiday destination with some expert guidance.
During the summer months, enjoy extended daylight hours throughout the state. In Anchorage, for example, the sun rises around 4:30 a.m. and sets as late as 11:42 p.m on the longest day. In Barrow, the northernmost town in Alaska, the sun doesn't set for 84 days! This phenomenon is aptly called the "Midnight Sun." During the winter, the sun moves lower across the horizon, which gives the light a rich quality. It is true that during the winter in Alaska, Barrow has no daylight for 64 days, however Anchorage, on the shortest day in December, has 6 hours of daylight. From there, daylight begins to increase (up to 5 minutes a day) until it reaches 19 hours on summer solstice.