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Best of Fairbanks Guide

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Fairbanks
Its far north location means Fairbanks gets the midnight sun in the summer and the northern lights during Aurora Season (August to April). These wonders define the city, along with winter activities, the gold rush past, Alaska Native heritage, a vibrant arts scene and “golden heart” hospitality. Enjoy dog mushing, panning for gold, floating the Chena River or visiting a museum. Add a nearby trip to a hot springs, Denali, the Arctic or the Interior. Fairbanks is the gateway to discovering Alaska.

All things to do » Things to do

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: Specialty Museums
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Running Reindeer Ranch
Running Reindeer Ranch
Owner description: OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, NO DROP-INS ACCOMMODATED. PLEASE CALL FIRST. Enjoy a walk through the boreal forest of Alaska with our curious and gentle reindeer. Olive, Jasper, Rufus... more Owner description: OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, NO DROP-INS ACCOMMODATED. PLEASE CALL FIRST. Enjoy a walk through the boreal forest of Alaska with our curious and gentle reindeer. Olive, Jasper, Rufus, Daisy, Buttercup, Margarita and Rocket will be your guides as you enjoy the beauty of Alaska's interior. See them romp free through the forest doing "reindeery" things. After our walk we will return to the house for a light refreshment and to finish up the conversation. Each time you come will be a unique experience. We are open year round by appointment only. Same day reservations sometimes available but you must contact us in advance. Winter cut off temperature -65 F.(That's a joke, it really never gets that cold, we cut off when you don't want to do it, we are always game! Reindeer love the cold!) Book Online on our website or facebook page. less
Attraction type: Farms; Ranches
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Gold Daughters Alaska
Gold Daughters Alaska
Owner description: Closed for season! Opens Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. Happy Prospecting! Whether you are a first time visitor to Alaska, or you have lived here your whole life, there is an... more Owner description: Closed for season! Opens Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. Happy Prospecting! Whether you are a first time visitor to Alaska, or you have lived here your whole life, there is an unforgettable experience waiting to be found at Gold Daughters. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the best gold panning in Alaska, and it all starts with a panning lesson. Once you are confident with your technique and have graduated from a Cheechako to a Sourdough, you are welcome to pan until you’re rich, tired or we’re closed (whichever comes first). less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Game & Entertainment Centers
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Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
Owner description: Your 1st stop for visitor information. Enjoy Alaska Native art, music, stories and dance. Free world-class exhibits that tell the story of life in Interior Alaska. Wave to family... more Owner description: Your 1st stop for visitor information. Enjoy Alaska Native art, music, stories and dance. Free world-class exhibits that tell the story of life in Interior Alaska. Wave to family around the world on our Antler Arch webcam. Free films, WiFi, parking. less
Attraction type: Visitor Centers
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University of Alaska Museum of the North
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Owner description: Discover Alaska Native cultures, natural wonders and diverse wildlife all in one stop. Explore 2,000 years of Alaska art. See the state's largest collection of gold and a... more Owner description: Discover Alaska Native cultures, natural wonders and diverse wildlife all in one stop. Explore 2,000 years of Alaska art. See the state's largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe bison. Discover treasures from thousands of years of cultural history. Learn about Arctic dinosaurs and other research by museum scientists. Breathtaking architecture and award-winning exhibits make the museum an extraordinary destination. Movies shown daily. Museum Store and Cafe on site. Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the museum's labs and research space during the summer. Open year-round on the UAF campus. The University of Alaska Museum of the North is a thriving visitor attraction, a vital component of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the only research and teaching museum in Alaska. The museum's research collections - more than 1.5 million artifacts and specimens - serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants, and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North. Summer Hours: Daily 9am - 7pm Winter Hours: Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm less
Attraction type: Natural History Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Jazz Bistro
Jazz Bistro
Ranked #1 of 262 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Price: $12 - $28
Cuisines: Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Crepery
The Crepery
Ranked #2 of 262 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Price: $6 - $12
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Cafe
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Thai House Restaurant
Thai House Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 262 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
Ranked #4 of 262 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Price: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cookie Jar Restaurant
Cookie Jar Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 262 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Billie's Backpackers Hostel
Billie's Backpackers Hostel
$31 - $75
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Sven's Basecamp Hostel
Sven's Basecamp Hostel
$37 - $118
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9th Ave Hostel
1.5 of 5
9th Ave Hostel
$30 - $74
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Alaska Heritage House
3.0 of 5
Alaska Heritage House
$75 - $138
Ranked #3 of 42 Fairbanks B&B and Inns
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Sophie Station Suites
2.5 of 5
Sophie Station Suites
$93 - $246
Ranked #2 of 24 Hotels in Fairbanks
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La Quinta Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites
$95 - $222
Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in Fairbanks
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