Name: Alaska comes from the Aleutian word "Alyeska," meaning great land.

Passport/Visa: Beginning June 2009, all US citizens will need a passport for land crossings at Canadian (and Mexican) borders.

Capital: Juneau

Population: 655,435

Languages: Primarily English, although there are 20 native languages and even Russian spoken in some villages.

Predominant Religions: Christianity (Protestant and Roman Catholic), though every major religion is practiced.

Time Zone: 1 hour behind Pacific Standard Time. (-1PST)

Voltage Requirements: 110 volts

Telephone Codes: 907