From Brad Feld's blog:
How I Describe Alaska
When people find out that I've spent a lot of time in Alaska, they often ask me what it's like. After struggling to describe it in a simple way that anyone in the lower 48 can relate to, I finally came up with something several weeks ago.
Alaska is an order of magnitude larger than Colorado and has an order of magnitude less people. Plus it has an ocean.
I couldn't agree more!