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USA's most unique and remote Aleut communities -- the Pribilof Islands of St. Paul and St. George -- are easily accessible from Anchorage. The Pribilof archipelago, formed by tips of a sub-oceanic volcanic range, host one of the world's largest gatherings of marine mammals each summer when one million northern fur seals return to breed and give birth.

St. Paul and St. George are a bird lover's paradise. The islands are home to sea birds such as puffins, auklets, murres, and rare red-legged kittiwakes and are situated along the migratory routes of many non-resident species. More than 220 bird species have been identified on the Pribilofs, some from as far away as Argentina and Siberia. Reindeer, Arctic blue fox, and various marine mammals add to the wildlife sighting possibilities.

St. Paul and St. George constitute the largest Aleut community in the world, with hospitable people willing to share their love of the islands with visitors. Social life is community-oriented, with many time-honored Native and Russian traditions.

The island is mentioned often on the Discovery Channel's show Deadliest Catch. St. Paul island is a place where the fishing boats in the Bering Sea can dock the boats to rest, unload, or get medical help.

St. Paul Island currently has one school (K-12, 100 students), one post office, one bar, one small store, and one church (Russian Orthodox).

St. Paul Island hosts two-thirds of the world's fur seal population, where more than a million seals gather along just 45 miles of coastline. You also have the opportunity to see some of the 200 bird species, including auklets, red-faced cormorants, tufted and horned puffins, thick-billed murres and the world's largest colony of red-legged kittiwakes.

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The official U.S. currency is the United States dollar (symbol: $). ATM's everywhere.

Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely used and accepted, even for transactions worth only a few dollars. In fact, in some cases, it may be the only way to make a transaction. Note to overseas visitors: Prices of goods and services always seem lower than they really are, as taxes and gratuities are seldom included.

Most states have a sales tax, ranging from 2.9% to nearly 10% of the retail price; 4-6% is typical. Sales tax is almost never included in posted prices (except for gasoline, and in most states, alcoholic beverages consumed on-premises), but instead will be calculated and added to the total when you pay.

Tipping in America is widely used and expected. While Americans themselves often debate correct levels and exactly who deserves to be tipped, generally accepted standard rates are:

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The U.S. has no official language at the federal level, but English is by far the standard for everyday use. Several states have declared their official state language as English. Spanish is also official in the state of New Mexico, where it is widely spoken; French is official in Louisiana and the Hawaiian language is official in Hawaii, but neither approaches the use of English and are official for primarily historical reasons.

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In major metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles, many drugstores and supermarkets are routinely open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, while department stores, shopping centers and most other large retailers are typically open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and often with shorter hours on Sundays - generally 11 a.m. or noon to 5 or 6 p.m. On holidays, the tendency is to remain open (with the exception of the most important holidays like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day where stores are generally closed)

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