Mukluk Land, located three miles west of Tok in the Alaska Interior, is a theme park with no apparent theme. "Stuff from Alaska" is about as close as it gets.
The park, which touts itself as "Alaska's most unique destination," offers a junkyard full of rusting snowmobiles, a mini-golf course, a giant cabbage, and a vintage red-and-white vehicle known as "Santa's Rocket Ship." Inside a wooden cabin you'll find skee-ball, whack-a-mole, an impressive collection of beer cans, and a ceiling plastered with flattened cereal boxes.
And then there are the dolls. A log cabin houses hundreds of them -- in rows on the floor, seated on shelves, stuffed side-by-side into open suitcases, and crammed into a red plastic convertible. All face a window through which you can peer into the room. Entering the cabin is forbidden, a fact brought home by the open bear trap on the floor.
Once you're done perusing the park, pose for a photo in front of its main attraction: the giant mukluk. The big red boot, festooned with white pompoms, is suspended at head height from the front gate. On the way to the gate you'll pass a wide-eyed mannequin in an outhouse -- don't worry, that's where he lives.
Unfortunately, Mukluk Land is closed for the season, but it will reopen in June 2014. Adjust your travel plans accordingly.
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