Commemorate your trip with a picture

Known as the “Gateway to the Arctic,” the whalebone arch in Utqiagvik connects the area to its traditional whaling history. Since the early days of human habitation in the area, the people who have called Utqiagvik home have relied upon whales for almost everything they needed. The meat was and is still used for food, skin and bones for boats, houses and clothes and baleen for tools and art. Whale blubber is used for oil and many other things. The arch, which is located on the beach near The Cape Smythe Whaling and Trading Station, is constructed out of a bowhead whale’s jawbone and is surrounded by shells of traditional whaling boats and other whale bones. The arch not only provides perspective on the massive size of the animals but also provides the perfect backdrop for a photo to commemorate a trip to the most northern city in the U.S.

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There are a number of places in the area on the National Register of Historic Places, visit them all!


Guided tours of the area can include polar bear and snowy owl viewing. Plus, keep an eye out for migratory birds.


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