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Activities in Fairbanks

Activities in Fairbanks

Pioneer Park is definitely something that all tourists should visit while staying in Fairbanks. Pioneer Park includes several gift shops, the Alaska Civic Center, an aviators museum, a native village, fishwheel, President Harding's rail car, mining tunnel, miniature golf course, playgrounds, merry-go-rounds, Pioneer Museum, and the S.S. Nenana which is an old sternwheeler that used to travel Alaskan rivers. Pioneer Park is set up like an old Gold Rush Town, which makes the activities and surroundings very fun. Chena Hot Springs Resort is located sixty miles outside of Fairbanks. Along your way out to Chena Hot Springs you have a very good chance of seeing moose and other wildlife. Once you arrive at the resort you have a variety of things you can do. The swimming area includes an indoor pool, three indoor hot tubs, an outdoor rock pool, and two outdoor hot tubs all using water from the hot springs. Enjoy relaxing in the rock pool under twenty-four hour daylight! Another must do while visiting Chena Hot Springs is the Aurora Ice Museum. The Aurora Ice Museum is the largest year-round ice environment. Everything in the museum is made of ice including a bar, polar bear beds, full-size game of chess, and an ice tower. If you're interested in hiking while staying at Chena Hot Springs, you must hike Angel Rock. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline was built in 1975 and was constructed to carry oil from the oil port in Prudhoe Bay down to Valdez, Alaska the northernmost ice-free port, covering 800 miles of land. The pipeline has transmitted more than 15 billion barrels of oil since 1975 and continues to carry on average 735,000 barrels of oil every day. This represents approx 3.5% of the United States daily oil consumption. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is one of the largest pipelines in the world. Dog Sledding - Fairbanks has lots of dog sledding operators and its a popular winter activity for tourists. Most of the operators have variety of options like 30 minutes, 4-5 hours or even days. Some of the operators are:
  • Paws for Adventures
  • Chena Dog Sled Adventures .
  • See Northern Lights - Fairbanks is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. The northern lights are best seen between September and Mid-April on cold clear nights. Many visitors usually book warm cabins to view the northern lights. Some of the places offering northern lights viewing are:
  • Aurora Borealis Lodge , offers cabins around 25$.
  • Mt Aurora Skiland Lodge , located at Cleary Summit is one of the best places to see northern lights.
  • Arctic Circle Tour - (NATC) AT 3820 University Ave S, Fairbanks Alaska US TEL:800-208-0200 Visit North Pole, with a car, meet Santa Claus. Mail postcard and letters from the North Pole post office, but select the special slot or box for special Santa cancellation. Flight see - Alaska has few roads. Getting around is about flying. Sure, it isn't cheap. Sample flights include village mail runs, Arctic Circle flights, Barrow or Deadhorse, and numerous other small villages. Some people hitch plane rides from the general aviation side of the airport as well as the float plane base. Bush pilots are for hire.

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