Locations in Interior Alaska
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.
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
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.
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.