Fairbanks

Established by the discovery of gold by Felix Pedro in 1902, Fairbanks is located in the Tanana Valley of Alaska's interior. In the early 20th century, sternwheelers carried settlers and miners along the Chena and Tanana Rivers as they do for visitors today. The second-largest city in Alaska, Fairbanks is named the '''Golden Heart City'' for its historical and modern gold industries and for its central location. The city serves as the hub of the region known as Alaska's Interior. In the summer, visitors and residents alike enjoy nearly 24 hours of light daily. Visitors have many choices in Fairbanks. Experience Fairbanks' rich Gold Rush history via sternwheeler, or visit one of the region's many gold mines. The Arctic Circle and the Yukon River are just a short flight away.

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Points of Interest

  • Arctic Circle
  • Riverboat Discovery
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline
  • Gold Dredge # 8
  • Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
  • Chena Hot Springs & Ice Museum
  • Pioneer Park
  • Native Cultures
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  • Arctic Circle

    The Arctic Circle, the region around the North Pole, includes the northern parts of Europe, Asia, and North America, and the Arctic and Subarctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland.

  • Riverboat Discovery

    A cruise aboard an authentic sternwheeler riverboat along the Chena and Tanana Rivers offers a demonstration of a fish wheel, as well as insight into Athabascan Indian culture and the Iditarod.

  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline

    The 800-mile-long Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is one of the largest pipeline systems in the world, stretching from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, the northernmost ice-free port in North America.

  • Gold Dredge # 8

    From a ride on the Tanana Valley Railroad into the gold fields of the Interior to a tour of the mining camp and gold panning, Alaska's mining history comes alive at the Gold Dredge #8.

  • Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

    The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum features over 70 historically significant American automobiles and showcases the interesting heritage of the automobile during Alaska's post-Gold Rush era.

  • Chena Hot Springs & Ice Museum

    Chena Hot Springs is a hot spring and year-round resort. On site is the Aurora Ice Museum considered the most artistic ice hotel in the world with an ice chandelier mimicking the northern lights.

  • Pioneer Park

    This 44-acre theme park commemorates Alaska's pioneering history, and features several Alaska museums and historical displays, including an old Alaska riverboat and narrow gauge railroad.

  • Native Cultures

    The native cultures of Alaska have had a significant impact on the state. Come learn about their rich history and take a closer look at their unique and extraordinary ways of life.

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Gold Dredge 8

3 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-300
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline
  • Gold Dredge # 8

Bring the family for a fun-filled adventure aboard the Tanana Valley Railroad and ride into gold mining history. Once the train arrives at the camp, you will receive a brief but informative course in mining, and then you will try panning for yourself! You will find gold, we guarantee it!

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Alaska Salmon Bake & Palace Theatre Revue

2.5 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-330
  • Native Cultures

Head to the Alaska Salmon Bake at Pioneer Park where you'll enjoy an All-you-can-eat buffet while surrounded by Alaskan history. After your meal, catch the musical comedy, "Golden Heart Revue," at the Palace Theatre.

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The Riverboat Discovery Cruise

3.5 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-600
  • Riverboat Discovery

Take a journey back in time aboard the sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for an excursion into the Alaskan wilderness. Travel along the Chena and Tanana rivers and watch a fish wheel in action. Then dock for a tour of a Chena Indian village and meet an Iditarod winner's sled dog team.

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Fairbanks Highlight Adventure

4 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-200
  • Native Cultures

Take this exciting adventure and visit Fairbanks' top attractions! Visit the Morris Thompson Cultural Center, UA Museum of the North and stop at The Santa Claus House in North Pole.

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Riverboat Discovery Cruise & Gold Dredge 8 Combo

7.5 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-610

The ultimate Fairbanks combination tour -journey back in time aboard the sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for a cruise along the Chena and Tanana rivers followed by a fun-filled adventure aboard the Tanana Valley Railroad as you ride into gold mining history.

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Midnight Sun ATV

5 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-510

Head out on an ATV adventure and travel on winding trails through a boreal forest. Experience 24-miles of off-road ATVing to scenic lookouts for photo opportunities and more!

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Journey Above the Arctic Circle

4.75 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-840
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline
  • Arctic Circle

Take a once-in-a-lifetime flight over the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, the Yukon River and the Arctic Circle. Meet an Athabascan native guide and hear about their contemporary way of Alaska style living.

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Arctic Circle Air Adventure

6.25 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-855
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline
  • Arctic Circle

Don't miss this opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle! Experience the rugged and magnificent Brooks Mountain Range. You'll receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate..

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Arctic Circle Air Adventure

6.5 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-845
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline
  • Arctic Circle

Don't miss this opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle! Experience the rugged and magnificent Brooks Mountain Range. You'll receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate.

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Arctic Circle Air Adventure

6.5 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-850
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline
  • Arctic Circle

Don't miss this opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle! Experience the rugged and magnificent Brooks Mountain Range. You'll receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate.

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$609.95