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North Pole, Alaska

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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to North Pole.

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Around North Pole ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Fairbanks. It is located about 13 miles [20 km] to the northwest of North Pole. Fairbanks has a population of 32,800 people.<1>

For comparison, North Pole has a population of 2,200 people.

Below is a sample of nearby communities: Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from North Pole and not the distance if you are driving it.<2>

Community   DirectionDistance
Badger   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
Chena   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
College   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
Ester   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
Fox   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Harding Lake   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Moose Creek   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
Pleasant Valley   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Salcha   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
Two Rivers   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]

Curious and Interesting Names Near North Pole ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some names catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Aurora   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest of North Pole   [Map]
Badger   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Bluff   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
College   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Fox   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Moose Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Slaterville   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Totem Park   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Two Rivers   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for North Pole ...

Looking for more information about North Pole? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for North Pole, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for North Pole.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for North Pole.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around North Pole. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alaska

    Alaska Tourism
    Parks for Alaska

    Fishing in Alaska
    Hunting in Alaska

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Alaska Statewide Tourism
    North Pole Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for North Pole

National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alaska

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alaska

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alaska

Airports Near North Pole ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to North Pole.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Metro Fld.   [Map]   MTF   WNW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Fairbanks Intl. (FAI/PAFA)   [Map]   FAI   WNW   16 miles [25.7 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to North Pole.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from North Pole. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Fairbanks Intl. (FAI/PAFA)   [Map]   FAI   WNW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl. (ANC/PANC)   [Map]   ANC   SSW   260 miles [418.4 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Metro Fld.   [Map]   MTF   WNW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Nenana Muni.(ICAO: PANN)   [Map]   ENN   WSW   53 miles [85.3 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Fairbanks Intl.   (FAI/PAFA)   [Map]
        Website for Fairbanks International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl.   (ANC/PANC)   [Map]
        Website for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Nenana Muni.   (ICAO: PANN)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for North Pole: www.northpolealaska.com/

The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for North Pole.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from North Pole. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- North Pole) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for North Pole. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from North Pole

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Pole. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 64.7514, Longitude: -147.3319     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to North Pole), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for North Pole.