Fairbanks is the hub for Alaska’s interior and Arctic Circle with first-class accommodations and restaurants, museums, some of Alaska’s top-rated visitor attractions, world-renowned concerts and performances, upscale galleries and specialty stores, historic sites, Alaska Native culture, and access to the Alaskan wilderness. Activities, dining, shopping, lodging, services and means of transportation provide countless options for visitors.
University of Alaska Museum – Inspired by Alaska, it has stunning architecture and award winning exhibits on display. Discover fascinating stories about Alaska’s people, places and wildlife. Multimedia summer programs, audio guide, museum stores are available.
Gold Mine & Dredges – Historic visitor attractions and modern day mining operations celebrate the quest for gold. See the largest public display of gold in the state at the UA Museum. Visit the Pedro Monument in tribute to gold’s first discovery. Find that perfect gold nugget souvenir to take back home. There are many gold mines surrounding Fairbanks where visitors can relive the days of the gold rush and pan for gold themselves.
Chena River – The Chena River flows right through downtown Fairbanks and the Tanana River is easily accessible within a few miles. Both offer year-round recreational opportunities. This river can be explored on authentic sternwheeler riverboat, canoe or jet boat. One of the most popular cruises is on the Discovery, a 3. 5 hr cruise down the river on a sternwheeler and also includes insights into Alaskan history, a bush pilot airplane taking off, a visit to the Chena Indian village and an Athabascan fishing village.
Aurora Borealis – Beautiful and mysterious curtains, the colours range from green to red to purple, with the brightest and most common colour, a yellow-green, Fairbanks sits under what is called the auroral oval, a ring-shaped region around the North Pole. The location offers a great balance of occurrence, frequency and activity. Intensity varies from night to night, with the best viewing from late evening through the wee hours of the morning, late August to April.
Dog sledding and snow machine rides – Dog sled racing is actually the national sport of Alaska. Both these activities are operational from October – April.
North Pole – This community receives thousands of letters for Santa Claus every year from children around the world. Here visitors take a picture with the giant fibre-glass Santa Claus and send postcards stamped “North Pole”
Nenana – Nenana was little more than the site of a roadhouse until it was chosen as the base for building the northern portion of the Alaska Railroad in 1916. Besides its historical charm and Alaska Athabascan cultural richness, Nenana has one more claim to fame – the Nenana Ice Classic. This lottery tradition, begun in 1917 by Alaska Railroad surveyors, has Alaskans all over the state and participants from around the world, trying to guess the exact time of ice breakup on the frozen Tanana River. The first movement of river ice in spring is determined by a tripod, which actually has four legs, placed 300 feet from shore. When the ice moves, dislodging the tripod, a cord attached to a clock on shore stops the clock and the exact time on the clock determines the winner.