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Landmark in Utqiaġvik (Barrow)

End of the Road

The northernmost extremity of the US (though not, as locals sometimes claim, North America) is Point Barrow, but it's tough to get to this narrow strip of land. Tours drive almost all the way, but the last two to th…
Cultural in Utqiaġvik (Barrow)


The Nalukataq festival is held in late June, when the spring whaling hunt has been completed. Depending on how successful the whaling captains have been, the festival lasts anywhere from a few days to more than a we…
Cultural Center in Utqiaġvik (Barrow)

Iñupiat Heritage Center

This 24,000-sq-ft facility houses a museum, gift shop and a large multipurpose room where short traditional dancing-and-drumming performances take place each afternoon. Local craftspeople work in a studio in the bac…
American in Utqiaġvik (Barrow)

Niggivikut Restaurant

You can get pancakes pretty much anywhere in the US, but only in the Niggivikut can you enjoy them while gazing in wonder at the iceberg-choked Arctic Ocean. This restaurant in the Top of the World Hotel has booths …
International in Utqiaġvik (Barrow)

Arctic Pizza

Pizza's just half of it. This Arctic Ocean–abutting restaurant's multifarious menu also includes pasta, Chinese food, burgers, salads, soups, sandwiches and nachos. The decor (unkempt-diner chic) promises little, bu…
American in Utqiaġvik (Barrow)

Sam & Lee’s Chinese Restaurant

Don't be fooled by the name – yes, there's Chinese food dishes like cashew chicken, but this joint also has good American-style breakfasts and a cheeseburger that is roughly the size of a small child. In addition to…
Japanese in Utqiaġvik (Barrow)


We're partial to any place that has reindeer sausage and a BLT and teriyaki platters, bento boxes and sushi rolls. You can even get Hawaiian loco moco (two burger patties served on rice with an egg and gravy – yum).
College in Utqiaġvik (Barrow)

Ilisagvik College

Ilisagvik is the only tribal-controlled college in Alaska, and the northernmost community college in the country. The campus consists of a main building where you can find most classrooms and faculty offices, surrou…
Notable Building in Utqiaġvik (Barrow)

North Slope Borough Offices

Encompassing some 88,695 sq miles of land area, the Alaskan borough of North Slope is larger than all but 10 American states, but with a population of just under 10,000, lower than that of many American small towns.…
Mexican in Utqiaġvik (Barrow)

Cruz's Mexican Grill

We've never seen simple Mexican fare sold at this price, but then again, we've never had it north of the Arctic Circle either, so that's a decent trade-off. All of the usual Tex-Mex favorites – tacos, enchiladas, bu…