Alaska Fun Fact: Can you see Russia from Alaska?

Can you actually see Russia from Alaska?

YES but not from mainland Alaska. The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 53 miles.

The body of water between Alaska and Russia is known as the Bering Strait within which lies two small islands known as Big Diomede and Little Diomede. Big Diomede is owned by Russia while Little Diomede is owned by the US. About 2.5 miles of water separate these two islands so yes, you can see Russia from Alaska.

The water actually freezes over during the winter so you could technically walk from the US to Russia on this seasonal sea ice essentially walking from today into tomorrow! The International Date Line runs between the Strait’s Diomede Islands leaving the Russian and American sides usually on different calendar days.


You won’t be able to visit the islands, but everyone age 18 and older who registers to donate with Community Blood Center from May 2 through Sept. 3 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win an Alaska vacation for two.  Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at

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