"The Lower 48" is a term often used to refer to the contiguous 48 states of the USA - excluding Alaska and Hawaii. The "lower" part is in reference to the fact that Alaska is much further north.
Alaska and Hawaii
When Alaska became the 49th state, the other 48 states were all south of it on the map. Hence they were the lower 48.
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The "Lower 48".
Alaska is not connected to the lower 48 by train.
The lower 48 refers to continental United States. That is, all of the state except for Hawaii and Alaska.
Canada separates the lower 48 states from Alaska (specifically its provinces of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory).
No, in fact many places in the 'Lower 48' get more snow than Alaska.
Yes. There is a highway from Alaska through Canada and across the lower 48 states.
Yes, everything but Alaska and Hawaii.
Well Alaska is part of the CONTINENTAL USA but not one of the contiguous lower 48 - so I say it is Juneau Alaska. Of the lower 48 it is Augusat Maine
Alaska is 20% or 1/5 the size of the lower 48 states.
The contiguous states or the lower 48.
Alaska is. Among the lower 48 it is Minnesota.
Technically, Canada as it borders Alaska to the east. However, the Atlantic Ocean is to the east of the Contiguous US (Lower 48).
Alaska is the farthest north.Excluding Alaska, Minnesota is the northernmost of the lower 48 states.
Spring in Alaska is like any other place in the lower 48's. It can get really hot sometimes.
You must travel the Pacific Ocean if you take a "water route" to Alaska from the lower 48.
The answer depends on where you are coming from. If you are a United States citizen, located in the US, and will not be transiting through a foreign country (an example is driving from Alaska, through Canada, to the lower 48 states) then you will not need a passport. In the Alaska example, flying from Alaska direct to a point in the "lower 48" will not require a passport. If you are a citizen of another country, the answer is likely "yes", and could require you to have an American visa if your stay is over 90 days in country. Go to http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html for more information.
There were 48 (those known as the lower 48) Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959.