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Whether you are someone looking to buy land in Alaska for a secluded cabin site, an Alaskan homebuilder searching for homesites for a new project or a potential homeowner looking for private land for sale in Alaska for your own estate, the perfect property for you may be found among the spectacular scenery of Alaska. Known as both The Last Frontier and the Great Land, Alaska is huge, and so are a lot of things within it. It is more than twice the size of Texas, the second largest state, and is divided into five regions: Inside Passage, Southcentral, Interior, Far North, and Southwest. The largest city, Anchorage, is in the Southcentral region, where temperatures can dip into the single digits in the winter, but are generally around 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, with an average annual snowfall of 55 inches. The state’s population is around 720,000 and nearly half reside in Anchorage. Fairbanks and Juneau, the state capital, are far behind with about 32,200 people in each city. Rounding out the top five with roughly 8,000 residents apiece are Sitka and Ketchikan. Juneau is located in the Inside Passage, the strip of land connecting Alaska to British Columbia, which is notoriously wet with rainfall averaging between 3-7 inches a month from April to September. There aren’t any roads to Juneau, but that doesn’t stop visitors. Its numbers swell significantly in the summer as it plays host to hundreds of thousands of tourists who arrive by cruise ship. Tourism plays a big role in the economy in both revenue generated and job creation. The landscape and wildlife are the main attractions, with 17 of America’s highest mountain peaks found in the state, roughly 100,000 glaciers, more than 70 volcanoes, hundreds of thousands of caribou, moose, and bears, and the awe-inspiring whale pods that swim in Alaskan waters. Eco tours are hugely popular, as is the endless array of outdoor activities from sport fishing, four-wheeling, and kayaking in the summer, to glacier hiking, skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Dogmushing is the official state sport, and Alaska hosts the 1,049 mile Iditarod dog sled race each year (since 1973) to commemorate the importance of the dog teams and their mushers in the settlement of the state. Although Alaskans host a lot of visitors, oil production has the largest economic impact, bringing in more than 85% of the state’s revenue. The 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) was built in the 70s to support the industry, carrying about 600,000 barrels of oil each day to the Valdez Marine Terminal. TAPS’ visibility makes it a popular tourist photo, but pales in comparison to the attention garnered by Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America at 20,230 feet above sea level, and the enormous Denali National Park and Preserve that includes the mountain. If you visit during the summer, you’ll have plenty of time to see it – because of Alaska’s location within the Arctic Circle, the state experiences incredibly long days in summer and very short ones in the winter. If you are seeking land for sale in Alaska, you will find a wide variety of real estate options, from Alaskan waterfront land for sale, Alaska lake property for sale, Alaska mountain land for sale, Alaska riverfront land for sale, vacant Alaskan land for sale and even cheap Alaskan land for sale.
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