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Introduction

Falls, near Palmer Alaska

Falls, near Palmer Alaska

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Wasilla is a town of under 10,000 in south-central Alaska. After Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, it is the fourth largest town in the state, and was mostly unheard of before August 2008, when former mayor Sarah Palin was picked to be John McCain's running mate in the United State's presidential elections. Wasilla is considered a bedroom community of Anchorage, although it is home to a colorful range of characters. Many people that live in Wasilla or come to do their shopping form the bush tend to think of Anchorage as "too crazy."

The official website of Wasilla: City of Wasilla.

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Sights and Activities

  • Musk Ox Farm located in nearby Palmer, this place is more then a farm for an animal that is throw back to the ice age. The underfur, called qiviut, is collected then given to Native Americans to make blankets and other clothing in a traditional way. This non for profit therefore protects these animals, tries to introduce new ones into the wild and supports native culture. If you have any questions the guides can answer all your Musk Ox Questions. To arrange a visit make sure to call 907-745-4151 or 907-745-2353. During the winter make sure to schedule an appointment a day or two in advance.
  • Hiking is to be found in the mountains around Wasilla. Only a short drive from town one can find amazing trails that few people use.

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Eat

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Sleep

Budget

  • Big Bear Campground & RV ParkMile 37 Parks Highway, Church Street. Tel: 907-745-7445 – Friendly family owned campground with cabins. Plenty of grassy space for the children to play and also includes swings and a slide.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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