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Best of Fairbanks Guide

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Fairbanks
Don't be fooled by the initial appearance of this sprawling city with the typical fast-food spots, malls and hotels; this region in the heart of Alaska's interior has a lot to offer. If you're lucky enough to be here between late September and early April, you can view the spectacular Northern Lights, or aurora borealis. At the old Gold Dredge No. 8, you can pan for gold, just as people did at the turn of the century in this gold-rush town. The town's gold mining heritage is also reflected at the University of Alaska Museum and Alaskaland Pioneer Park, a Wild West-style theme park that recreates early Fairbanks and includes a replica of a Native American village. Fairbanks is a starting point for some great... more Don't be fooled by the initial appearance of this sprawling city with the typical fast-food spots, malls and hotels; this region in the heart of Alaska's interior has a lot to offer. If you're lucky enough to be here between late September and early April, you can view the spectacular Northern Lights, or aurora borealis. At the old Gold Dredge No. 8, you can pan for gold, just as people did at the turn of the century in this gold-rush town. The town's gold mining heritage is also reflected at the University of Alaska Museum and Alaskaland Pioneer Park, a Wild West-style theme park that recreates early Fairbanks and includes a replica of a Native American village. Fairbanks is a starting point for some great adventures, such as the scenic 160-mile Steese Highway Drive or the McKinley Explorer railroad that runs to Denali National Park and Anchorage. Energetic outdoor types can hike, mountain bike, canoe, cross-country ski or take a slow river-float trip; others can relax on a river cruise aboard an authentic sternwheeler riverboat. less

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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Owner description: This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable collection of antique cars and historic fashions, plus entertaining displays on Alaska motoring history. With over... more Owner description: This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable collection of antique cars and historic fashions, plus entertaining displays on Alaska motoring history. With over 100 vintage outfits exhibited alongside automotive works of art, visitors are treated to a visually stunning trip back to a time when cars and fashion dominated the luxury goods market. The museum's automobile collection features over 85 American-made vehicles, including beautifully restored horseless carriages, nickel touring cars, rakish speedster, elegant classics, and early racecars. From rare marquees like Compound and Argonne to well-known names like Packard and Stutz, visitors will be amazed at the beauty, innovation, and history of these rolling masterpieces. All but a few of the automobiles are driven each summer, making this a true "living museum."Home to more than 600 textiles from the 18th to the Mid-20th Century, the museum presents one of the largest historic fashion collections on permanent display in the Western United States. The exhibits include enchanting examples of men's and women's fashions, from silk bustle dresses and motoring dusters to shimmering flapper shifts and dapper tuxedos. Antique accessories including historic hats, shoes, jewelry, and more complete the scores of vintage elegance. Historic photos and videos located throughout the galleries vividly illustrate the extreme circumstances faced by Alaska's pioneering motorists. Although dreadful road conditions and severe climate were unkind to their vehicles, some of these early cars survived and several are exhibited in the Alaska Gallery. These include the Territory's very first automobile, built in 1905 by a man who had never seen a car before! At the Sourdough Roadhouse, children and adults can don period clothing and climb aboard a 1911 automobile for photographs along the Old Valdez Trail. less
Attraction type: Museums
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Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
Attraction type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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University of Alaska Museum of the North
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Owner description: See the state's largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe bison, explore Alaska's Russian heritage and its gold-mining history and discover much more at this fascinating... more Owner description: See the state's largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe bison, explore Alaska's Russian heritage and its gold-mining history and discover much more at this fascinating natural history museum. less
Attraction type: Natural History Museums; History Museums; Museums; Specialty Museums
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McKinley Explorer
McKinley Explorer
A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
Attraction type: Scenic Railroads
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Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Pita Place
Pita Place
Ranked #1 of 196 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
Ranked #2 of 196 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Price: $10 - $20
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Bad 2 Da Bone
Bad 2 Da Bone
Ranked #3 of 196 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Cuisines: Barbecue
Thai House Restaurant
Thai House Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 196 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Chena's Alaskan Grill
Chena's Alaskan Grill
Ranked #5 of 196 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Billie's Backpackers Hostel
Billie's Backpackers Hostel
$32 - $60
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Sven's Basecamp Hostel
Sven's Basecamp Hostel
$20 - $65
9th Ave Hostel
9th Ave Hostel
$46 - $62
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

A Moose in the Garden Bed & Breakfast
A Moose in the Garden Bed & Breakfast
$99
Ranked #1 of 44 Fairbanks B&B and Inns
Alaska Heritage House
3.0 of 5
Alaska Heritage House
$80 - $150
Ranked #3 of 44 Fairbanks B&B and Inns
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Anschen Log House
Anschen Log House
$100 - $150
Ranked #4 of 44 Fairbanks B&B and Inns

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