Alaska is a big, wild beast that never settles for average or sub-par. The people here have a tendency to dance to the beat of their own drum. And the lifestyle may seem odd to outsiders, but it’s perfectly imperfect to those living here. We love not having snakes, fleas, sales tax or individual income tax. However, we can’t help but dream about having a swimming pool in our backyard, an awesome amusement park or a professional football arena to watch games on the weekend. Check out these 17 things that are just plain impossible to find in Alaska.
1. Small mountains.
Hills? Not in Alaska. Of the 100 highest peaks throughout the last frontier, one (Denali) exceeds 6000 meters. Four mountains exceed 5000 meters, 23 are over 4000 meters, 61 over 3000 meters and 92 over 2000 meters. So basically, we go big - or we go home.
2. Snakes or lizards.
Albeit incredibly rare, reports have been made that garder snakes can be found in the last frontier. However that is the only snake. But lizards, not anywhere.
3. A road system connecting the whole state together.
If you want to see the capital of Alaska, you better plan to fly or take a boat. Many other areas in Alaska are only accessible by plane, train, boat or float plane.
4. Sales tax or individual income tax.
Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual income tax on any type of personal income
5. Outdoor water parks.
I mean, on 85 degree days in Fairbanks it SURE would be nice to have an awesome outdoor water park. But nope! I guess it just can't be justified with the extreme winter conditions that last so much longer.
6. Drive-In theaters.
A staple of every American's childhood. But nope, not in Alaska.
7. Professional football stadiums.
While everyone is busy buying tickets to see their favorite team and setting up their fantasy football brackets, we are busy watching hockey and planning for the Iditarod.
8. Salt on roads in the wintertime.
Gravel or sand... and we gotta' mighty fine plan!
9. People who don’t like to fish.
Not only is it a favorite hobby, it's a way of life in Alaska... From personal use to commercial and subsistence.
10. Homes with outdoor swimming pools.
Not unless you want your fancy swimming pool freezing right along with all the lakes in the wintertime. Not a very wise investment if you ask us (or anyone else living in Alaska).
11. More than one area code.
Reppin' that 907 from the North, South, East and West!
12. Fleas and ticks.
Although warmer year-round temps over the last handful of years have made the chance of these invasive critters more apt, at the current time there have not been any reports urging regular monthly flea and tick treatment for domesticated animals.
13. People who live in igloos.
It's a cute perception, but... sorry to disappoint you silly outsiders. What a wild real estate market that would be, huh? Yikes!
14. Amusement parks.
We have a fun state fair and an awesome wintertime festival known as Fur Rondy. But year-round amusement parks? It's just not happening.
15. Powerball tickets.
Alaska, along with Alabama, Nevada, Mississippi, Utah and Hawaii - doesn't sell Powerball tickets. So if we want to play, you better believe that we'll be cashing out on some of those Alaska Airlines miles and hopping the first flight to Seattle!
16. Alcohol in grocery stores.
While you can buy alcohol any time of the day, 7 days per week - you can't actually buy it in the same store that groceries are sold. There must be a divider.
17. Dark sky in the summertime.
With that spectacular midnight sun, you won't need a night light for at least three months a year. If you want to see truly dark sky, just stick around for Fall and Winter.