Fairbanks

Travel Guide
Fairbanks

See the northern lights, pan for gold like a pioneer or enjoy the spectacular ice festival in Alaska’s rugged but beautiful heart. 

Feast your eyes on the kaleidoscope of color that is The Northern Lights from one of the best places to see them in the world. Sights like this and the annual Ice Alaska Festival, where the world’s best ice sculptors converge to show off their talents make the cold in Fairbanks well worth bearing. When you do need to warm up, a soak in Chena Hot Spring is the perfect tonic. Elsewhere you can learn about the city’s gold rush past in museums and try your hand at panning for gold.

Fairbanks was founded in 1901 when a trader’s boat became stranded on an impassable section of the Chena River. Less than a year later gold was discovered in the region, and the town soon grew. Now the second largest city in Alaska, Fairbanks or “The Golden Heart”, as it’s known to locals, is home to a large population of hardy souls. It is also frequented by tourists who flock here to see the northern lights, the migrating birds and the region’s many other charms.

Come in February or March and you’ll catch Ice Alaska, one of the world’s finest ice festivals. The Fairbanks Ice Museum features a film of highlights among its displays year-round. Learn more about the region in the University of Alaska Museum of the North. This has information on glaciers and other features of Alaskan geography, a strong collection of native art and a recreation of the Northern Lights.

Pan for gold at Gold Dredge 8, a fascinating attraction which runs informative tours about the gold rush at the beginning of the 20th century. The presence of the Fort Knox Gold Mine just north of Fairbanks attests to the area’s continued importance for gold mining. Visit Pioneer Park, a 44-acre (17-hectare) park that shows how life would have been for the early gold panners.

Rent a car to get around Fairbanks in summer and enjoy the novelty of driving under a midnight sun. In winter the roads are hazardous and its best to let someone else do the driving. Catch a bus, taxi or rent a driver to explore the wilderness.

Pike's Waterfront Lodge
Pike's Waterfront Lodge
3 out of 5
1850 Hoselton Rd, Fairbanks, AK
The price is £93 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chena River and within 3 miles (5 km) of Georgeson Botanical Garden and University of Alaska-Fairbanks. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (730 reviews)
"I like what I just chose on the prior question"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2021

Pike's Waterfront Lodge
Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center
Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
813 Noble St, Fairbanks, AK
The price is £101 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Located in the heart of Fairbanks, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks Ice Museum and Dog Mushers Museum. Chena River ...
4/5 Very Good! (942 reviews)
"It was a nice place."

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2021

Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center
Chena Hot Springs Resort
Chena Hot Springs Resort
2.5 out of 5
56.5 mile Chena Hot Springs Rd., Fairbanks, AK
The price is £148 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Situated in Fairbanks, this resort is steps away from Chena River State Recreation Area and Chena Hot Springs.
3.7/5 Good! (497 reviews)
"Beautiful all around . I think that there is not much chance of improvement given the conditions of the environment."

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2021

Chena Hot Springs Resort
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Rural Alaska Tiny House near the White Mountains
Rural Alaska Tiny House near the White Mountains
7040 Elliott Hwy, Fairbanks, AK
The price is £83 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Situated in a rural location, this romantic cabin is 5.3 mi (8.5 km) from Wickersham Dome Trailhead and 12.1 mi (19.4 km) from Lower Chatanika River State Recreation ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Quaint and quiet with friendly goats"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2021

Rural Alaska Tiny House near the White Mountains
Borealis Basecamp
Borealis Basecamp
2 out of 5
2640 Himalaya Rd, Fairbanks, AK
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is 7.4 mi (11.9 km) from Lower Chatanika River State Recreation Area and within 20 miles (32 km) of Wickersham Dome ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (26 reviews)
"Amazing! Best place to see the Auroras. Their igloos are really comfortable and warm. They even provide an alarm in the igloo to wake you up when the Auroras appear, which makes it really convenient so your not waiting up. The restaurant has really great 5 star food, best fish tacos we have ever ..."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2021

Borealis Basecamp
Your Alaskan Vacation Retreat
Your Alaskan Vacation Retreat
Fairbanks, AK
Situated in Fairbanks, this ski cabin is within a 5-minute walk of Chena River State Recreation Area and Chena Hot Springs. Chena River is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) ...
5/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
"very nice"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

Your Alaskan Vacation Retreat
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