On the outside, it looks like nothing special, but nearly all of the 200 residents of Whittier, Alaska all live inside the 14-story Begich Towers condominium on the edge of town. This building also houses a police station, a health clinic, a convenience store, a laundromat, and even a church in its basement. The town can only be reached by sea, or a long, one-lane tunnel through the mountains, which is closed completely at night. Continue reading for another video and more information.
“The weather can get pretty brutal in the remote town, with winds reaching up to 60 mph and snowfall up to 250 inches. So it actually makes sense that the residents of Whittier have everything they need under one roof. And believe it or not, they even have room to accommodate tourists! Resident June Miller owns and runs a bed-and-breakfast on the building’s top two floors. The comfortable rooms are all equipped with binoculars, so tourists get to watch ‘whales breaching and mountain goats grazing’, and stuff like that,” says Oddity Central.