Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
Northern Lights weaving their way over silhouetted black spruce. Mountains visible dimly on the horizon.
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Alaska's Unique Phenomena
A dark summer sky with the eclipse of the moon in the center…  the color of the moon is dark red
Staff of the Denali National Park
This blood moon occurred as result of an eclipse on October 9, 2014. The photo is from  skies above Denali National Park and Preserve.

Check out some rare sights to see in Alaska.

A historic photo of a wooden tower in the tide flats.  one side is at low tide the other side is that high tide.
High and low tides on the mud flats of Anchorage, Alaska.
Interesting Facts About Alaska:
  • Alaska is 596,412 sq. miles...that's 1/5 the size of the rest of the United States.

  • Alaska's flag consists of eight gold stars (The Big Dipper and the North Star) on a field of blue. It was designed by a seventh grade student named Benny Benson in 1926
  • Alaska has the highest mountain in North America (Mt. McKinley - 20,320 ft.)

  • Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined (33,904 miles)
  • Alaska has the longest salmon run in the world...2,000 miles up the Yukon River.
  • Alaska's state bird is the willow ptarmigan. Its feathers turn from brown in the summer to white in the winter.
  • Alaska has the only state capital not accessible by road (Juneau).
  • Alaska's official state sport is dog mushing.

  • Alaska has the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world...more than 3,500 bald eagles come to the Chilkat River, north of Haines, in the fall and winter to feed on the late salmon runs.
  • Alaska's state flower is the forget-me-not.
  • Many animals that are endangered elsewhere live in abundance in Alaska, such as the bald eagle, grizzly bear, humpback whale, wolf, and more!
  • Alaska has northern lights, 40 foot tides, active volcanoes, frequent earthquakes, 3 million lakes, half the world's glaciers, tundra, rain forests, mukluks, totems, potlatches, migratory whales, fish wheels, and 33 species of mosquitoes!

  • Alaska had the largest oil strike in U.S. history (Prudhoe Bay).
  • Alaska's state motto is "North to the Future."


An example of Alaska's Unique Phenomena:
A time lapse video of the tides in Katmai National Park and Preserve

Note: This Embedded video resides on the official SWAN NPS YouTube channel

Interior view of a transportation tunnel. Railroad tracks and pavement line the floor. Lights on the ceiling cast a yellow glow on the curved roof and walls. Did You Know?
The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel connecting Portage and Whittier is the longest combination road and rail tunnel in North America at 2.5 miles long.