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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy).

When in Knik, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Knik and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Knik:
    • 61.457778, -149.728889
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Knik
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Knik ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Anchorage
  • Big Lake
  • Birchwood
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birchwood
    • Birchwood lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Knik
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Birchwood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Birchwood
  • Cottonwood
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottonwood
    • Cottonwood lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Knik
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottonwood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottonwood
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Eagle River
    • Homesite Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homesite Park
      • Homesite Park lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Knik
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homesite Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homesite Park
    • John Fitzgerald Kennedy City
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for John Fitzgerald Kennedy City
      • John Fitzgerald Kennedy City lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Knik
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for John Fitzgerald Kennedy City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on John Fitzgerald Kennedy City
    • Meadow Lakes
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadow Lakes
      • Meadow Lakes lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Knik
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadow Lakes have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadow Lakes
    • Mountain View
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain View
      • Mountain View lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Knik
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mountain View have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View
    • Peters Creek
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peters Creek
      • Peters Creek lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Knik
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peters Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peters Creek
    • Wonder Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wonder Park
      • Wonder Park lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Knik
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wonder Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wonder Park

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Knik. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Ada Blackjack Johnson     (Explorer)
    • Sydney Mortimer Laurence     (Artist)

How Far From Knik to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Knik to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Knik and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Juneau, which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 571 miles [918.9 km]<1> to the east southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Knik to Juneau, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 33 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 23 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 3,350 miles [5,391.3 km] to the east (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 131 days and walking would take 191 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,985 miles [9,631.9 km] and it lies to the north (N).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,681 miles [10,752 km] and it lies to the north (N).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,222 miles [8,404 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alaska

About Alaska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Knik: www.knik.org/

The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Knik) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Knik. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Knik

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Knik. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.4578, Longitude: -149.7289       In this case, the coordinates for Knik have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<6>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Knik to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 4.226 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 8.952 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 346.403 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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