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Places to See in Alaska

Tongass National Forest, 16,500,000 acres, on the southeast coast. Visitors spend their vacations there camping, canoeing, skating, and hiking. Chugach National Forest, 5,000,000 acres, near Prince William Sound in the south; a vacation spot. Mount McKinley National Park, 3,030 square miles, in central Alaska, 123 miles from Fairbanks. Second in size to Yellowstone National Park in the United States.

Tongass National Forest, 16,500,000 acres, on the southeast coast. Visitors spend their vacations there camping, canoeing, skating, and hiking. Chugach National Forest, 5,000,000 acres, near Prince William Sound in the south; a vacation spot. Mount McKinley National Park, 3,030 square miles, in central Alaska, 123 miles from Fairbanks. Second in size to Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Glacier Bay National Monument, 1,820 square miles, near Juneau. Made up of vast and magnificent glaciers, which can be seen from a plane or boat. Child's Glacier, in the northeast, near Copper River.

A magnificent ice cliff, 200 to 300 feet high, about as high as the Capitol Building in Washington. Sitka National Monument, 57 acres, in southeast Alaska. Contains an Indian stockade 150 years old. Kasaan National Monument, 28 acres, on Prince of Wales Island. Contains the ruins of the former Haida Indian Village; one can see totem poles, Indian grave houses, and monuments that are very old. Katmai National Monument, 1,700 square miles, in the southwest. Contains the famous Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, filled with volcanoes from which pour great columns of white vapor. Chief Shakes' Community House, on Wrangell Island, in the southeast. Contains a fascinating collection of household tools and works of art of the Tlingit Indians. Yukon Trail, in central Alaska, the famous path taken by the miners in the gold rush almost sixty years ago.

White Pass and Chilkoot Pass, near Skagway, in the southeast. Dangerous mountain trails taken by the miners into the Yukon Territory. Richardson Highway, a beautiful highway between Valdez and Fairbanks, along which can be seen the deserted towns known as "ghost towns," once filled with miners seeking gold. Metlakatla, on an island in the southeast. A cooperative Indian village, where everything is owned by the people, including the great sawmill, and their canning and boat-building industries. Ward's Cove, near KetchikanFree Web Content, in the southeast. An excellent place for hunting bear and deer.


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