The history of Alaska dates back to the Upper Paleolithic period (around 14,000 BC), when foraging groups crossed the Bering land bridge into what is now western Alaska. At the time of European contact by the Russian explorers, the area was populated by Alaska Native groups. The name “Alaska” derives from the Aleut word Alaxsxaq (also spelled Alyeska), meaning “mainland” (literally, “the object toward which the action of the sea is directed”).
The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867. In the 1890s, gold rushes in Alaska and the nearby Yukon Territory brought thousands of miners and settlers to Alaska. Alaska was granted territorial status in 1912 by the United States of America
In 1942, two of the outer Aleutian Islands—Attu and Kiska—were occupied by the Japanese during World War II and their recovery for the U.S. became a matter of national pride. The construction of military bases contributed to the population growth of some Alaskan cities.
Alaska was granted U.S. statehood on January 3, 1959.
In 1964, the massive “Good Friday earthquake” killed 131 people and leveled several villages.
The 1968 discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay and the 1977 completion of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline led to an oil boom. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Prince William Sound, spilling between 11 to 34 million US gallons (42,000 to 129,000 m3) of crude oil over 1,100 miles (1,800 km) of coastline. Today, the battle between philosophies of development and conservation is seen in the contentious debate over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
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Which hotels in Alaska are good for families?
How much does it cost to stay in a hotel in Alaska?
On average, 3-star hotels in Alaska cost £69 per night, and 4-star hotels in Alaska are £85 per night. If you’re looking for something really special, a 5-star hotel in Alaska can on average be found for £81 per night (based on Booking.com prices).
What hotels in Alaska offer an especially good breakfast?
What hotels in Alaska have nice views?
Inn at Tern Lake, Candlewood Suites – Fairbanks, an IHG Hotel and SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairbanks have received great reviews from travellers in Alaska regarding the views from their hotel rooms.
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Historical Tours in Alaska
Anchorage City Tour
Let an insider lead the way around Anchorage on this half-day tour of the city, featuring stops at must-see attractions like Ship Creek and Alaska Wild Berry Products. Gain a deeper understanding of local culture as you learn the history and folklore behind key Anchorage attractions on this joint walking and driving tour of the city.
Alaskan Heritage and Sightseeing Tour in Fairbanks
Get to know Alaska’s past and present on this 5.5-hour tour in Fairbanks led by an informative guide. Enjoy the Museum of the North’s story of Alaska’s natural and cultural heritage, and admire the art installations at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center. Browse dog-mushing memorabilia at the Yukon Quest Log Cabin, before exploring Pioneer Park (seasonal) that features attractions celebrating Alaska’s notable historical hallmarks, including the Gold Rush. Visit all these sites as part of a small-group or private tour — your choice!
Questions about Historical Tours in Alaska
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What are the best Historical Tours in Alaska
The best Historical Tours in Alaska according to Viator travelers are:
What Historical Tours in Alaska are 1 hour or less?
Historical Tours in Alaska that are 1 hour or less are:
What Historical Tours in Alaska are taking additional safety precautions?
These Alaska experiences are providing additional COVID-19 safety measures:
What Historical Tours in Alaska are good for avoiding crowds?
These hidden gems in Alaska may have limited interaction with crowds:
- Anchorage City Tour w/ Taste of Wild Smoked Salmon & Reindeer Sausage
- Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience. Upgrade Summer Portage Glacier Cruise
- Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Scenic Bike Tour
- Alaska Helicopter and Glacier Dogsled Tour – ANCHORAGE AREA
- Ketchikan Electric Bike and Rain Forest Hike Ecotour