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Yakutat, Alaska

Remote Yakutat is located in the northern reaches of the Inside Passage region. It is nestled inside the Tongass National Forest and is bounded by the Gulf of Alaska on the South, rugged mountains to the North, and glaciers to the East and West. Mount St. Elias, the second tallest peak in the United States at 18,008 feet, is a prominent feature on the Yakutat skyline. There are no roads leading into or out of Yakutat, so all access is via air or sea. The name comes from a Tlingit word for "the place where canoes rest". Eyak-speaking people from the Copper River area are thought to be the original settlers, with the Tlingits migrating in and assimilating with the Eyaks before the arrival of Europeans. Today, there are about 700 residents whose economy relies mainly on commercial and sport fishing, fish processing, government services and cultural tourism. In recent years the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe has received several grants to revitalize their culture by teaching their traditional language and customs to the children as part of the school system. Yakutat is also a world-class birding destination with over 200 species of birds, including the Aleutian Tern.
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Yakutat, Alaska