Fairbanks, Alaska’s population of 31,535 makes it the second largest city in Alaska with Anchorage being the largest. Fairbanks is the largest inland city and has a metropolitan population of 97,000 people.
It is 188 miles south of the Arctic Circle with temperatures varying from sixty-five degrees below zero in the winter to ninety degrees in the summer. It is a wonderful place to visit, boasting many restaurants, shops and overnight lodging. Sights to see while visiting Fairbanks are many and varied.
1. Chena and Tanana River Cruise
Riverboat Discovery, based in Fairbanks, takes the passenger aboard a 900 passenger stern wheel boat up the Chena and Tanana Rivers. The tour includes a Chena Indian Village Walking Tour, a Bush Pilot Demonstration, Susan Butcher Kennels and the village of Steamboat Landing.
The Chena Indian Village Walking Tour takes visitors to an authentic Athabascan Indian village to see their culture. During the tour the visitor will learn how the tribe has adapted to live in the Arctic climate for over 10,000 years.
During the bush pilot demonstration an Alaskan bush pilot demonstrates the take off and landing of a pontoon airplane and discusses how the airplane is important to Alaskan culture.
The voyage also includes a tour of Susan Butcher’s kennels. Susan Butcher is a four-time Iditarod champion whose husband Dave Monson shares stories of dog races and life in the Alaskan wild. A dog mushing demonstration is part of the tour.
Steamboat Landing is a trading post with gift shops and other attractions. There is also a demonstration chamber that allows visitors to experience a temperature of -40 below zero in the village.
For information about this tour contact:
1975 Discovery Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
2. Fairbanks Museums
There are several museums in Fairbanks of varying subjects.
Fairbanks Ice Museum
500 2nd Ave.
Visitors to the Museum can experience Alaska’s winter during the summer. There are ice-carving demonstrations and multi media shows at the museum.
3. Fairbanks Community Museum
410 Cushman St.
The Fairbanks Community Museum preserves the city’s gold rush heritage and displays mementos of the great floods of the 1960’s.
4. Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum
2300 Airport Way
The Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum opened in 1992. The Museum displays its vast collection of artifacts that depict Alaska’s rich aviation heritage.
5. University of Alaska Museum of the North
907 Yukon Dr.
The University of Alaska Museum of the North is the only research and teaching museum in Alaska. In addition to a huge paleontology exhibit the Museum houses extensive collections of the archeological, geological and entomological wealth of Alaska. It also displays collections of native culture, modern Alaskan culture, marine life and botanical specimens.
6. Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
212 Wedgewood Dr.
The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum possesses an extensive collection of all types of cars as well as displays relating the automotive history of Alaska.
7. Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge includes 2000 acres of which 150 acres lie within Fairbanks, Alaska and twelve acres listed in the National Register of Historic Places of the National Park Service. A visit to the Farmhouse Visitor Center will get the visitor started on the right foot. The visitor will enjoy walking tours in the summer, year round educational programs, a wide diversity of wildlife and spectacular scenery at the Refuge.
8. Pioneer Park
2300 Airport Way
Attractions at Pioneer Park include; the Bear Gallery, the Big Stampede Show, Crooked Creek Railroad, Lucky Fox Gold Mine, Mini-Golf Fairbanks, Red & Roela’s Carousel, Square Dance Hall and the Palace Theater. There are also a multitude of restaurants, museums and shops in the park.
A visit to Fairbanks Alaska will expose the traveler to the rich culture of the fiftieth state. The parks, museums, restaurants and shops of Fairbanks will enchant the visitor as well as enrich their understanding of this huge American wilderness.