After 23 days and 3,279 - we finally made it to Alaska! We didn't take the straightest route & we've had a blast along the way. A few state facts - the U.S. originally purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million dollars, or 2 cents an acre. Even though it was called Seward's Folly at the time (as Secretary of State William Seward made the deal), I think this land has proven to be worth slightly more that that!! Alaska became our 49th state in 1959, has over 6,600 miles of coastline, and is our largest state by far - over twice the size of Texas....1400 miles long & 2700 miles wide. Looks like we still have a lot of driving to do!