Fairbanks Things to Do

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    Alaska Pipeline

    by LouisianaTraveler Written Oct 7, 2005

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    Just because you're there, go visit the Alaskan Pipeline. It goes right past Fairbanks and there's a special place north of town that you can get out and walk under it and see some very interesting displays. In most of the place, the pipeline is above the ground. There are issues regarding the permafrost and heat fo the pipeline itself that must have played a part in keeping it above ground. It is a zig-zag structure that allows it to move to accomodate the expansion when it heats or cools.

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    SEE THE ALASKA PIPELINE

    by AmazingAdventures Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    Alaska Pipeline - Fairbanks

    There are a few places to actually see the Alyeska Pipeline and Fairbanks is one of the best to view it in person.

    Portions of the pipeline can be seen above ground just North of Fairbanks on the Steese Highway.

    The tour busses all stop here so you can take a look for yourself. If you are taller than me, you could easily reach and touch it.

    Since my four summer working here, they have snce built a small visitors center.

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    Great place to do things

    by Smokeyythebear1 Written Aug 15, 2005

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    Juggler at the fair

    There is a lot of things to do here in Fairbanks. They have the Tanana Valley Fair in the the beginning of Aug. Lot of camping places and State Parks to visit. Pioneer Park is a great place to visit there they have the great Alaska Salmon bake. I would highly recommend it. Below is the picture of a juggle at the fair. Come on up and have some fun!!!

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  • Northern Lights

    by emerson24_2002 Written May 25, 2005

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    I think the picture is self explanatory. During the winter, the Northern lights are quite amazing. Just sitting in the jacuzzi relaxing watching the lights dance across the sky....

    Well, Coors....it does get better than that ;-)

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    May Happenings Fairbanks...

    by pamelajoy Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    Milepost Landmark posts mileage to other cities.

    May Happenings

    Fairbanks Summer Music Festival


    Clean-Up Day

    The whole town turns out to clean up litter.

    UAF Georgeson Botanical Garden Workshop

    Fairbanks Flutists' 20th Anniversary Concert

    Ballroom Bonanza Ballroom and Swing Dance Workshops

    Alaska Territorial Guard Gun and Craft Show

    University of Alaska Museum


    North Star Ballet School Demonstration

    Coming Home

    University of Alaska Exhibits

    Fairbanks Roadshow


    June Happenings

    Fairbanks Summer Music Festival



    Coming Home


    Midnight Sun Baseball Game

    Date:  June 21

    Played with no lights (except for the sun, of course).

    Midnight Sun Run


    July Happenings


    Coming Home


    50th Anniversary Golden Days


    Theme:  'Founding the Future-The Lavelle Young Arrives'

    World Eskimo-Indiana Olympics


    Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival


    August Happenings


    Coming Home

    Tanana Valley State Fair

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    Get ready to snuggle up!!!

    by Aurora907 Written Dec 8, 2004

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    Dragon House

    During the month of March, it is still pretty cold out, yet it's perfect to view the World Ice Art Championships. Competitors come from all over the world to compete in single or multi block carvings. Be sure to bring warm accessories as temperatures could be 20 degrees below zero F. Also, if you come during the daylight, be sure to come back at night (get your hand stamped) for other awesome photo opportunities!!!

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    Alaska Railroad

    by Vicky_Jo Written Nov 10, 2004

    I took the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Anchorage. It was a twelve hour trip, and I enjoyed it immensely. The scenery was spectacular, the food was good, and the train employees were helpful and charming -- not to mention interesting!

    I would recommend this trip to anyone. I hope to go back and do it during summertime, because I know the scenery will be dramatically different!

    -Vicky Jo :-D

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    My favorite place to run amock...

    by Cossackgrrl Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    It gouges its own creek!!

    My favorite place to run amock is at the Chatanika Gold Dredge.

    The jagged metal playground that is the dredge holds forth the thrill of unmitigated, raw peril. This is a huge piece of obsolete, unlit, catwalk-crisscrossed, rotting wood/rubber MACHINERY!!
    It's scary!!
    No one is there to stop you from climbing its uppermost reaches, tickling the pallet of danger, as full-on dire as you want to make it.

    For these reasons one MUST RESPECT the people who own the property/dredge, as well as one's OWN responsibility for safety. As of yet, anyone can go enjoy the un-sanitized, not-yet packaged-for-your-safety-and-ease dredge. Don't go hurtin' yourself being careless (it will wreck your trip and possibly the quality of this delisciously-creepy thing for everyone).

    *****Though this place is still well worth a visit, I've since changed my mind about it being my fav run amok arena.
    One hot day this summer, the decrepit oily insides of the thing quite affected my gutty-wutts most unfavorably.

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    Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights

    by Scandic Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    Auroras above the Bartlett hall.

    Most tourist visit in Alaska at summer time, when it is light and warm. But there is a one thing in the winter time that really shines, auroras. The town of Fairbanks is quite small, so there is not city lights to disturb the views to the sky. So in the clear night, there is no reason that you won't see the auroras.
    And if some reason or another you'll miss them, wonderful sky full of star can compare it. Big Dipper which exists also in the Alaska's State Flag is pretty 'near' here.

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    River Boat Tour

    by mydreamquest Updated Oct 26, 2004
    Chena River

    There is a fun morning Riverboat Tour in Fairbanks that talks about how Indian tribes used to catch salmon and prepare it.

    You also learn about dog sledding, about life in Fairbanks throughout the year. You even get a nice salmon snack.

    The riverboat takes you about the Chena river where you see wild life such as the beaver and reindeer.

    You learn about the various hides of animals in the wilderness of Fairbanks.

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    Alaskan Pipeline

    by mydreamquest Written Oct 26, 2004
    The Alaskan Pipeline, Fairbanks, Alaska

    There is a great information center on the 800 mile Alaskan pipeline. I ran into some tourists from Wisconsin there. Funny memory as their Green Bay Packers had defeated my 49ers in the playoffs at the time.

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    Official End of the Alaska Highway?

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    Stephen at Milepost 1523

    No matter how you travel to Fairbanks, you MUST have your picture taken at milepost 1523, "The Official End of the Alaska Highway." The southern terminus, or beginning, of the highway is in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

    There is some controversy as to whether the northern terminus of the Alaska-Canada (Alcan) highway is here or at Delta Junction, 98 miles to the south. Actually the road between Delta Junction and Fairbanks was already well established before construction on the Alaska-Canada Highway began during the Second World War. The older road is part of the Richardson Highway which goes from Fairbanks to Valdez. It is my understanding that Fairbanks has recently conceeded that the "official" northern terminus of the famous Alcan Highway is Delta Junction, but their sign still proclaims that Fairbanks takes the honor.

    See our tip under Delta Junction, Alaska, for more about this famous highway.

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    Pioneer Air Museum

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    Pioneer Air Museum

    One of my favorite spots in Pioneer Park, and Fairbanks for that matter, was the Pioneer Air Museum, operated by the Interior and Arctic Alaska Aeronautical Foundation. On display beneath the gold dome of the museum are 14 historic aircraft of a wide assortment and 31 piston aircraft engines. Exhibits tell the story of early day cold weather flying as well as picture stories of the bush pilot. There are also hundreds of pictures, models and many World War II Artifacts.

    The museum is open daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Admission
    Per Adult $2.00
    Per Family $5.00

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    President Warren G. Harding Railroad Car

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    President Warren G. Harding Railroad Car

    The last trip Warren G. Harding made as President of the United States was to the interior of Alaska to dirve the Golden Spike commemorating the line of the Alaska Railroad, which joined Alaska's two major cities, Fairbanks and Anchorage, July 15, 1923. The spike was at the end of 702-foot Myers Memorial Bridge, at Milepost 413.7. Shortly after he returned to Washington, President Harding died suddenly of a heart attack on August 2, 1923.

    President Harding's Railroad Car, "Denali", is on the National Register of Historic Places and will be of special interest to all railroad and history buffs.

    Admission is free.

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    Fairbanks Log Cabin Visitors Center

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    Fairbanks Log Cabin Visitors Center

    My three days in Fairbanks began here, in the heart of downtown on the banks of the Chena River. The Visitors Center, operated by the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, is housed in an authentic old log cabin complete with sod roof. Here one may get free information on all the many attractions and activities that Fairbanks and vicintiy has to offer.

    There are no public restrooms in the Visitor Center, although they may be found nearby. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

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