Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Yes, Virginia, you really can go to the North Pole. As in the town of North Pole, Alaska. It’s only 15 minutes from Fairbanks. We’re not kidding.

Amava Take: The town of North Pole, Alaska, population 2200 is full of jolly souls. Let’s just say that every December they get a lot of letters at the Post Office (about 400,000) and volunteers answer each of them. The town got its name when a real estate developer thought it might be a nifty way to sell property to toy makers. The “Made in North Pole,” sales pitch didn’t take off, but the town exists and spreads holiday magic all year long. You can walk down Mistletoe Lane in August, check out the ice sculpting contest in December or dine at restaurants featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” anytime.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of people are interested in visiting North Pole?

All kinds! No label applies.

Any travel tips?

Fairbanks is so close by. The impossible is quite possible!

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Every day is special. All year long.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of visiting this town?

Good eats and kind people.

How would you describe the hard parts?

The “buy this” commercialism that is everywhere is here too.

What made you decide to go?

It was such an easy way to make some unforgettable memories.

Special Requirements: None whatsoever!

Finding Your Way: Check out Alaska’s tourism site for more details on this charming town. There are sample adventures from North Pole  to give you some ideas of what you do after you’ve strolled around. Here are some interesting places to stay near North Pole and here are some flight options to Fairbanks.