Entered the Union: January 3, 1959
As the: 49th state
Motto: North to the Future
Nicknames: The Last Frontier, The Land of the Midnight Sun
Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
Song: "Alaska's Flag"
Sports Teams: None
Origin of Name: From the Aleut word meaning "great land," or "that which the sea breaks against"
Major Industries: Oil, Fisheries, Wood
Historical Sites: Sitka National Historical Park Totem Pole Collection
Points of Interest: Denali National Park, Mendenhall Glacier in North Tongass National Forest, and the active volcanoes in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes at the Katmai National Park
Bordering States: Alaska does not border any states. However, it does border Canada and the Pacific Ocean!