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Half day in Barrow this summer. What should us do?

Half day in Barrow this summer. What should us do?

Old Feb 17, 16, 11:16 pm
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Half day in Barrow this summer. What should us do?

I am going to visit Barrow in Alaska during late July, to enjoy the mid-night sun with other three friends. We will arrive there at around 7:30 pm, and will leave the town in the next morning, so time for us is very limited. Even though I have searched online for days about what to see there, I still wonder if anyone here has some advice about it. What's more, even though I can stay outside and hike around in the whole "night", my friends still want to find a place to stay for a while. Will the airport open and available for them at "night"? Or is there any place that can be open for 24 hours to let them in for some hours?

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Old Feb 17, 16, 11:21 pm
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Moving to the Alaska forum for further discussion. Thanks. /JY1024, TravelBuzz co-moderator
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Old Feb 18, 16, 7:30 am
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When the next morning do you depart? Doesn't seem like an enjoyable trip to me.

I would try to get to the Heritage Center. Not sure you will have time to get to Pt. Barrow even if you wanted to.
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Old Feb 19, 16, 3:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Jianguo Yuan View Post
We will arrive there at around 7:30 pm, and will leave the town in the next morning

I do not think the Heritage Center will be open at the time you arrive and much before you leave. An evening arrival and departure the next morning isn't really very good timing. The small Alaska Airlines terminal building is not open overnight and I would just re-think what you are planning if it doesn't include a hotel stay to get out of the potential for bad (or typical) weather. There is more information on what to do in Barrow in this Destination: USA: Alaska sub-forum.
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I have been reading that the mosquitos in July are absolutely ridiculous. As in around 15 mosquitos per cubic foot. (complete guess based on a youtube video I saw.)
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Old Mar 23, 16, 11:02 am
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Compared to many other locations in Alaska, mosquitoes are not particularly bad in Barrow. There is usually a breeze, and it is on the ocean. No month is without recorded occurrence of frost, which also slows them down. There are more than there used to be, due to permafrost thaw, but it doesn't compare with densities in more inland locations where they can be unbearable in July.
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