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St. Paul Island

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  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 08/19/2014

Fodor's Review

The largest of the Pribilof Islands at 40 square miles, St. Paul Island is home to the greatest concentration of northern fur-seals in the world—500,000 of them—and more than 180 varieties of birds. Certainly it's hard to reach, but it's also a guaranteed treat for adventuresome naturalists. In the "city" of St. Paul, you can visit with local residents; about 500 descendants of Aleut-Russians live here year-round amid the vestiges of Aleut culture and in the shadow

of the beautifully maintained SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox church built in 1907. The local museum shows how the island was once essentially a factory, as the U.S. government controlled seal-hunting, and therefore, the only jobs on the island.

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