"North Pole, Alaska" Top 5 Page for this destination Alaska Favorite Tip by PA2AKgirl
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Favorite thing: North Pole is not how you think it would be. I recall National Geographic featuring this town as one of their zip codes and just went back to read it. Before visiting and before rereading, I just assumed this would go under my ?tourist trap? tips but it?s not.
The town was started and named to lure toymakers there who could legitimately put ?Made in North Pole? on their toys but it didn?t work out. So, while some of the streets have the names associated with Christmas and Santa, they are also the homes to chain restaurants like McDonalds and Wendy?s. Also, the town does receive tons of letters at Christmas and responses are sent out. The big attraction, which is indeed a tourist trap, is the Santa Claus house but it?s worth a visit. We didn?t buy anything, but there are a pair of reindeer here who are so cute! Although the toy thing didn?t pan out, it is a bedroom community for military bases and nearby Fairbanks, so all economy is not lost.
One more thing: North Pole is 1700 miles (or 2720 km) south of the geographic North Pole.
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