Scenic USA - Alaska

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Last Wilderness

Alaskan Mountain Range from Denali

Photos by Meri Cheatham

     Alaska is nicknamed, with good reason, the Last Wilderness. Alaska's size is unfathomable, its territory contains more land than the next three largest states combined. It boasts North America's highest mountain (Mount McKinley), the largest, most intact temperate rainforest in the world and the largest island (Kodiak) in North America. This great land mass, covered in mountains and wilderness land, is lacking in one respect; highways. The Float Plane - Susitna RiverAlaskan people travel by various other means, including river boats, dog sleds, railways, jet skis, snowmobiles and float planes. The area is sliced up by four major river systems, Susitna, Kuskokwim, Yukon and Copper River Basins, creating more challenges for travelers and design engineers.
     Aircraft has changed Alaska more than any other technology. Today, Alaskans fly more often and own more aircraft than any other people in the world, with eight times as many pilots and 16 times as many planes per capita as any other state.
     Pictured here is a view out toward the majestic Alaskan Mountain Range from the town of Denali. The southern vista takes in one of the very few Alaskan roadways, Route 3, the George Parks Highway.


 

 

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