Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The North Pole

Many people don’t realize that there is actually a city named North Pole located in Alaska about 10 miles southeast of Fairbanks. The North Pole is a small town with just over 2,000 residents where the spirit of Christmas lives year-round. Most of the streets bear holiday names such as Santa Claus Lane, Snowman Lane, North Star Drive, Misteltoe Street, etc…, and many of the shops are focused around the same theme.

People from all over the globe come to the North Pole to visit the world-famous Santa Claus House where you can take pictures with Santa and his reindeer any day of the year. You can even mail postcards to friends and family who then receive mail postmarked from the North Pole. (Santa’s zip code is 99705, fyi.)

Due to it’s location near the Arctic Circle, during the Winter months the North Pole can have days as short as 3 hours and 42 minutes. In Summer days can be as long as 21 hours and 49 minutes. The North Pole is a magical place, just don’t forget your earmuffs as Winter temperatures can dip as low as -78 degrees. Brrrrrr!

Happy Holidays from The Travel Team!

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