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Alumni Travel Reading: Alaska 2016


Mostly green mountains with clear blue sky

Ahklun Mountains and the Togiak Wilderness. Courtesy of

Non-Fiction Works


Anchorage skyline with snow-topped mountains in background

Anchorage, Alaska. Courtesy of

map of Alaska

For Full size map, visit Travel Alaska



Snow topped mountain behind lake

Mount McKinley, Alaska. Courtesy of

Alaska lives up to its official nickname: “The Last Frontier.” Indeed, Alaska was the 49th state to join the union in 1959. Alaska is also the largest state by land area--bigger than Texas, Montana, and California combined--and yet is the least densely populated with a ratio of 1.26 people per square mile. Although having an economy dominated by the oil and gas industry, Alaska’s unique and rugged landscape attracts millions of visitors every year. Here is a taste of Alaska. 


Selected and Annotated By:

Nick Orkent Bibliographer for US History, Africana Studies,
Philosophy, and Urban Studies

Emily Benenhaley 
Adminisrative Assistant

For more information, visit the Penn Alumni Travel Website.

Film: Wild Alaska

Wild Alaska. National Geographic. 2014.

An exlusive look at wildlife in Alaska throughout the changing seasons and incredible landscape.

Watch the documentary in its entirety below, as provided by YouTube.


View of bodies of land coming out of water from above, mountain range in background

Port Malmesbury, Alaska. Courtesy of

Travel Resource


Mt. Drum overshadowing Glenn Highway. Courtesy of


Culture & Geography

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