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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Gold Dredge 8
3 hours | Fairbanks | 0AK-FAI-300
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.