Borealis Inn

1500 Airport Way Suite C, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701, United States
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Viewing the Aurora from Fairbanks area

by bobandwinnie

We are planning a trip to Fairbanks to view the Aurora. This has been a long-time wish for my wife, and we want it to be memorable, if possible. We are focusing on the new moon phase in February or March next year. I have looked at the Bettles Lodge web site and was interested in any comments someone might have about that location, or others, that would give us the best viewing opportunity. We have reviewed the Fairbanks/Alaska brochures, but we would also like your first-hand opinion on events in the Fairbanks area that time of year. Should we try to visit Anchorage, for example? We are thinking about staying for ten days to two weeks.
Thanks for your help!

Re: Viewing the Aurora from Fairbanks area

by RickinDutch

I haven't been to the Bettles Lodge so i can't comment on it. I have been to Chena Hot Springs several times and really enjoyed it. Rustic but comfortable with excellent food and a cozy bar. They have gotten very busy with Japanese tours in the winter. An easy hour's drive NE of fairbanks.

Re: Viewing the Aurora from Fairbanks area

by hunter4

Can't comment on Bettles as I haven't been there, but if your looking for things to do in Fairbanks in March you need to check out the Ice sculpture park. Some very amazing sculptures.

As for seeing auroras, just remember that there are no guarentees. But for the best odds you need to get out of the cities so maybe Bettles would be a good bet. We tried Chena hot springs but only got a small, not very impressive display (just enough to make us want to go back). If you do want to go to Chena I'd suggest day trip as they are good at ripping you off if you stay there (only one restaruant to eat at so if you want to eat, you have to eat there). The restaurant / bar is nice but expensive. I would definatley suggest a relax in the hot springs though, its a great experience.

Travel Tips for Fairbanks

Monument to E. T. Barnette, founder of Fairbanks

by Stephen-KarenConn

This monument is in honor of E. T. Barnette, an entrepreneur from Ohio who is credited with founding the City of Fairbanks. Low water levels on the Chena River were too much for a passing riverboat, and passenger Barnett, with his $20,000 in goods for starting a trading post, were thrown off at the site of this monument, now in downtown Fairbanks beside the Log Cabin Visitors Center.

Although his plans were to go further upriver, Barnette decided to start a trading post on this spot. A year later, gold miner Felix Pedro struck gold only 16 miles away - and Fairbanks quickly became a huge outfitting town. Before being surpassed by Anchorage, it was the largest city in the Alaska Territory.

The monument was placed by the Alaska Centennial Commission in 1967. It reads:

BARNETTE'S LANDING
CAPTAIN E. T. BARNETTE, A PASSENGER
ON THE RIVERBOAT LAVELLE YOUNG
DEBARKED NEAR THIS SITE ON
AUGUST 26, 1901, AND ESTABLISHED A
TRADING POST WHICH, IN 1902,
BECAME KNOWN AS FAIRBANKS

I would take a drive up into...

by CubsIn4

I would take a drive up into the hills north of town, visit the Alyeska Pipeline and just enjoy the scenery. There are two things that come to mind immediately: the mountains to the south (sometimes Mount McKinley was visible, and on most days closer mountains could be seen all across the southern horizon) and the auroras, which were visible quite frequently.

Park your RV!!!!!!!!!!!! The...

by Cossackgrrl

Park your RV!!!!!!!!!!!! The roads are far too hazardous for you to be driving your huge house around.
Having grown up in the outskirts of Chicago (Hog-butcher to the world! City of big shoulders!!),
I am stunned EVERY DAY by the vast sweep of wild beauty that surrounds me.

Go to the top of Murphy or Ester Domes for the full-wallop panorama of it all
(if you squint you can even block out the mining scars on the landscape)

If you are sturdy, hike the Granite Tors trail off of Chena HotSprings road
...if you are not-so-sturdy, try Angel Rocks about 10 miles futher down the same road...
if you don't move much at all, continue down road all the way to the actual Hot Springs and soak yourself silly.
If you want pie, concoct your own, as Tack's General Store burned to the ground. Though my spleen has an endless capacity to vent scathing vitriol about the Fairbanks situation, I must say that some CRAZY-EXCELLENT people live here
...it just slips their minds, at times, to remember to be crazy or excellent
As anywhere, it is what you make it (no matter where you go there you are).
People HELP eachother...even when they are helping you loose your tiny little mind
...or at least, folk here will attend to rendering you mad once their ruggedly individual agendas are satisfied:
at which point, rest assured, Alaskans will dig right in to the tender flesh of your sensibilities

I miss the opportunity to wear malisciously-resplendant clothing (in velvets and glitters) for the rock and roll events that there used to be so much more of...for I am a shameless, glistenening freak.

How FOND those MEMORIES are
...of wild nights illuminated by sunsets stretching into radiant sunrises
the moments between dusk and dawn a shimmering and surreal parentheses,
punctuated by the laughter and song of my beloveds;
before they decided to hasten the Malthusian hypothesis to fruition

So many things to see and do...

by alaska_storm

So many things to see and do here especally in the summer! Fishing on one of the many lakes, camping at Chena Lakes, visiting the University Of Fairbanks Museum. And around Anchorage and Valdez you can take a cruise and see whales. The Denali Park tour gives you a tour of the wild life living here in Alaska. If or When I ever leave here I will miss most the outdoor concerts, and mud bogging out at the flats of South Cushman.

Fairbanks is a great place...

by angrbotha

Fairbanks is a great place with lots of good people. In general, people are very accepting and open around here, but keep in mind, this is the end of the road. if you are travelling away from the cities, there Are people out there that are doing their best to get away from humanity and don't much care for other people. also, though fairbanks does have some 'rougher' neighborhoods, if there are any gangs around here, i haven't seen them in the 10 years i've been here. The population is just generally colorful and fun. Be prepared for some funny looks if you are wearing long sleeves and it is over 65 degrees out, beware of the mosquitos when you are anywhere near the bush, and check out the outdoor shakespeare if you can. if at all possible, be here for Summer Solstice. carnivals, music, and the annual late-night outdoor baseball game (with NO artificial lighting). keep in mind that alaskans are very proud of how large our state is (check it out if you lay it on the lower 48). and any suggestion that it is in the gulf of mexico (like on maps) is very insulting. ps, lower 48 refers to the contiguous states, the 'outside' is anywhere not in alaska, we have caribou, not reindeer, and snowmobiles... say that and most people will just stare at you.. it is Snowmachine.
LOST?- if your map has any roads with numbers for names (highway #2, etc..) it won't help you out in alaska. you need to know the name of the road. quickly, #1 is the Glen, #2 is the Elliott/Steese/Richardson, #3 is the Parks. that should get you started.
and one more thing.. from the fairbanks point of view.. Anchorage isn't alaska... but on a clear day you can see alaska from there.

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