The Seven Largest States in the U.S. in Area

1. Alaska

Area: 663,267 square miles
Capital
: Juneau
State since
: 1959

Alaska became part of the United States in 1867, in a land deal with Russia. The state is known as the Last Frontier. Its coastline extends more than 6,600 miles. Alaska's highest point is also America's: Mount McKinley (or Denali) stretches 20,320 feet above sea level.

Fun Alaska fact: The design of the state flag, incorporating the North Star and the Big Dipper, was the inspiration of a 13-year-old Native American boy named Bennie Benson.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

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