The nickname of the 49th state, Alaska, is the “Last Frontier.” Purchased from Russia for $7 million in 1867, Alaska is the largest state in area and is the largest peninsula in the Western Hemisphere. Mt. McKinley in the Alaska Range is North America’s highest peak at 20,320 feet and one of the greatest challenges for mountain climbers. Juneau is the state’s capital, and the state flower is the pale-blue forget-me-not.

Capital City : Juneau
Nickname : Last Frontier, Great Land, Land of the Midnight Sun
Motto : North To The Future
Statehood : January 3, 1959 (49th)
Origin of State’s Name : Russian version of Aleutian word “Alakshak” meaning “great lands” or “peninsula.”
Largest Cities : Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, Soldotna
Border States : None
Land Area : 570,374 sq. mi., Largest state
State Bird : Willow Ptarmigan
State Flower : Forget Me Not (myosotis alpestris)
State Tree : Sitka spruce (picea sitchensis)
State Song : Alaska’s Flag