Fairbanks | Interior Alaska

The small-town hospitality and pioneer spirit will make your stay in Fairbanks one to remember. It is Alaska’s second largest city and has a population of 32,000 and a Borough population of almost 100,000, including the nearby military bases. Fairbanks is the hub for Alaska’s Interior and Arctic with first-class accommodations and restaurants, museums, world-renowned concerts and performances, upscale galleries and specialty stores, historic sites, Alaska Native culture, and access to the Alaskan wilderness.

Fairbanks is also the home of several world class attractions. The Riverboat Discovery is consistently rated one of the top boat tours in the State and Gold Dredge 8 is also a visitor favorite. The Antique Auto Museum at the Wedgewood Resort has an amazing collection of vintage automobiles, historical photos and period costumes. Finally, don’t miss The University of Alaska ‘Museum of the North’ as it is one of the best museums in the State.


Visitor Information

The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center is at 101 Dunkel Street in historic downtown Fairbanks. It is home to Explore Fairbanks the organization that oversees the Visitor Center. The 9,000 square-feet of interpretive space features exhibits on the land, the seasons and the peoples of Interior Alaska and the Arctic.The MTCVC is open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm in summer and 8am to 5pm in the winter. Free Wi-fi for visitors. 907-456-5774 or 800-327-5774

Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center. Information on accessing public lands in Alaska state and federal parks, forests and refuges. 101 Dunkel Street. Located in the Morris Thomson Cultural & Visitors Center. It offers scheduled films and special events & programs throughout the year. A variety of educational programs are available. Summer hours daily 9 to 5 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Call 907 459-3730

Services

History

In 1901 Captain E.T. Barnette disembarked from the steamship, Lavelle Young, and set up a temporary trading post on the banks of the Chena River. His temporary post became permanent the following year when Felix Pedro discovered gold in the nearby hills. The Gold Rush was on and Fairbanks was flooded with miners from all over the world determined to strike it rich. In 1903 Fairbanks was incorporated as a City and was named after Indiana Senator Charles Fairbanks, who later became Vice President.

Now, “discovery day” is commemorated each year with a celebration in July called Golden Days. Locals dress in period costumes and there is even a roaming jail that may arrest you if you’re not wearing a Golden Days pin.
There is still active mining in the area and glimpses of the past can be seen along the Steese Highway in the tailing piles leftover by the gold dredges.

There is still active mining in the area and glimpses of the former bonanzas can be seen along the Steese Highway in the tailing piles leftover by the  gold dredges.

 


Boyles’ Youth Hostel

310 18th Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701; 907-456-4944. Facilities include; laundry, showers, kitchen, sheets,  pillows and blankets, meals optional. Open year-round, also tent space.

Chena Hot Springs Resort

Located at the center of a 40 square mile geothermal resource area. Water flows from the hot springs at 156 degrees Fahrenheit and must be cooled before bathers can take …

Chena River State Recreation Area

On Chena Hot Springs Road (30 minutes east of Fairbanks). The 250,000-acre recreation area has camping, picnicking, canoeing, rafting, fishing for grayling, wildlife viewing and sunbathing by the Chena River. …

North Woods Lodge International Hostel

on Chena Hills Drive; 907-479-5300 or toll free 1-800-478-5305. A rustic Alaskan log lodge located in the hills,  kitchen facilities, showers, laundry.

Chena River Wayside Camping

Drive out Airport Way and turn right on University Ave. RV sites with 30 amp power & water, tent sites, restrooms, picnic area. Dump station and water.

Chena Hot Springs Resort

Located at the center of a 40 square mile geothermal resource area. Water flows from the hot springs at 156 degrees Fahrenheit and must be cooled before bathers can take …

Chena River State Recreation Area

On Chena Hot Springs Road (30 minutes east of Fairbanks). The 250,000-acre recreation area has camping, picnicking, canoeing, rafting, fishing for grayling, wildlife viewing and sunbathing by the Chena River. …

Chena River Wayside Camping

Drive out Airport Way and turn right on University Ave. RV sites with 30 amp power & water, tent sites, restrooms, picnic area. Dump station and water.

A Monument to E.T. Barnette

The Monument is found near the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center. While traveling to Tanacross to establish a trading post, Barnette convinced his captain to let him off the riverboat …

Chena Hot Springs Resort

Located at the center of a 40 square mile geothermal resource area. Water flows from the hot springs at 156 degrees Fahrenheit and must be cooled before bathers can take …

Chena River State Recreation Area

On Chena Hot Springs Road (30 minutes east of Fairbanks). The 250,000-acre recreation area has camping, picnicking, canoeing, rafting, fishing for grayling, wildlife viewing and sunbathing by the Chena River. …

Creamer’s Field

a waterfowl refuge is located on the site of a historic dairy farm, and is now operated by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Guided nature walks are offered  …

Fairbanks Ice Museum

the coolest show in town! In the Historic Lacey Street Theater. The World Ice Art Championships are held each March. The Ice Showcase is a glass fronted, 8,000 cubic foot …

Immaculate Conception Church

115 N Cushman, across the Cushman Street Bridge near the railroad station, was built in 1904 and is included in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Large Animal Research Station

on Yankovich Road is a geat place to view up-close the wondrous musk-oxen, caribou, and reindeer that call the research station home. Learn about the natural history and biology of …

The Pump House

1.3 Mile Chena Pump Road. Alaska Fresh Seafood, Wild Game, Smoked Ribs, Riverside Dining. The Pump House is well known for excellent food, great service and great atmosphere. The Senators …

Santa Claus House

14 miles/22 km from Fairbanks, in the community of North Pole, Alaska. Each year, the Miller Family plays the part of Santa, answering letters from thousands of children. Fronted by …

Steam Boat Landing

While at the Riverboat’ Discovery docking area on the shores of the Chena River, visitors have the chance to browse through Steam Boat Landing, a replica of a gold rush-era …

Kitty Hensley House

in cabin #11 was built in the early 1900’s. Captain  Smythe, an admirer of Kitty’s, remodelled the structure you see today in 1914. Kitty Hensley was a true eccentric and …

Wickersham House

displays authentic furniture to duplicate the way it looked when the famous Judge Wickersham, first Territorial Judge in Alaska, and his wife lived there from 1906 to 1910.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has numerous locations in Alaska, including four locations in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks. Anchorage Airport – 907-248-5526 906 E 5th Ave, Downtown Anchorage – 907-277-1600 510 E International …

Avis Car Rental

Avis Car Rental has locations all throughout the state of Alaska. Anchorage International Airport – 907-249-8260 Downtown Anchorage – 441 B Street. 907-277-4567 Fairbanks International Airport – 907-474-1022 Juneau – 51 Egan Drive. 907-789-7999 Kenai …