The Last Frontier

Alaska State Nickname


USGS map of Alaska

Photo from USGS: Science in Your Back Yard: Alaska. The yellow star represents Alaska's state capital Juneau.

The Last Frontier

The Last Frontier

Alaska's official nickname is The Last Frontier.

The Great Land

Another familiar nickname for Alaska is The Great Land (featured on the Alaska commemorative quarter).

Land of the Midnight Sun

Alaska is also known as The Land of the Midnight Sun.



Alaska became the 49th state in 1959. The Alaska commemorative quarter features a grizzly bear with the state fish (salmon), the north star (see Alaska state flag and motto) and caption: "The Great Land" (public domain image on Wikipedia).

Alaska's commemorative quarter