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    There's quite a bit of things...

    by SnowAngel Written Feb 25, 2003

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    There's quite a bit of things to do either in or near Fairbanks. Visit UAF (University of Alaska Fairbanks) there is so much to offer there that I don't have room to list it all. Take a hunting trip, fish for king salmon, take a riverboat ride down the Chena to the Tanana River and visit an athebascan villiage. In winter try snowboarding or skiing at Birch Hill. Play a round of golf. Visit the 'northern most' Harley Shop. Stop by Alaskaland for a look into the past. Go hiking and after you've finished working all your muscles you can relax in the natural outdoor hot spring of Chena Hot Springs just 60 miles out from town at the end of Chena Hot Springs Rd. Visit the Ice Museum or the Alaskan Bowl Company or a number of other points of interest to help make your visit to Fairbanks as memorable as possible.
    Alaskaland is a small theme park that focuses on the gold rush history of Fairbanks as well as displays of Native Indian culture. Historical cabins and buildings have been relocated from around Fairbanks and placed in Alaskaland. These buildings are now mainly occupied by Gift Shop owners selling their merchandise and the history of each building is recorded on plaques displayed on the outsides of the buildings. Don't expect a thrill ride theme park, just go in with the idea to learn something about the 'Golden Heart City' and you won't be disappointed.
    Gold Panning is a favorite around here. You can pay a per person admission fee and tour and even pan at many of the historical gold dredges. Or you can pan for free at many different areas along several different river beds. Just make sure you visit one of the prospecting shops in town, I recommend Alaskan Prospectors @ 504 College Rd. or The Prospector off of South Cushman Rd., and get advice on which streams you can and CAN NOT pan in. We don't want you getting shot just because you forgot to ask. Everyone should prospect at least once in their life. It makes you feel like a kid on Christmas morning. The anticipation of finding your very own gold can be quite exciting.

    Directions: AlaskaLand is located on Airport Way.
    Gold Prospecting: Gold Dredge No.8 charges $29.50 US per person, you get a tour of the entire compound, a miner's buffet lunch and a chance to pan for gold. Ther

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    by hrevans Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Golf the Northernmost Golf Course in America
    You can golf all night long, and it's the best time and place anywhere in Alaska to see moose browsing in the wetlands. They come out late, after 10 p.m., and stay until morning, mostly in June or July. Must be something in those ponds that is irresistable! One night I saw 7 moose at one time.

    Directions: North Star Golf Club off the Old Steese by Curry's corner, 3/4 mile past Chena Hot Springs road on the Old Steese. You can take the Steese Expressway from downtown, get off at Chena Hot Springs Road a

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    In my opinion, the only must...

    by worldtrekker Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    In my opinion, the only must see activity in Fairbanks other than eating at the Chena Pump House is seeing the University of Alaska museum.
    The museum features cultural and natural history displays from all the state's regions. The five galleries explore Alaska's history, Native culture, art, natural phenomena, wildlife, birds, geology and prehistoric past. There is a special section on the Northern Lights.

    Directions: University of Alaska is located off University Ave. Make a left turn off of University Ave after passing College Rd. I think there are signs to the museum from there. Otherwise ask a student.

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    A historical trip down the...

    by Venturingnow Written Aug 25, 2002

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    A historical trip down the Cheny river. Take a boat excursion to see what life was like in Fairbanks way back in the day. There are old fishing traps and farms still in use today along the way. I took a boat called Discover III, and had a great time.

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    University of Alaska Museum

    by pamelajoy Written Aug 25, 2002

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    University of Alaska Museum
    One of the top ten tourist destinations in the state.

    '... with its extensive collection of pioneer relics, Native artifacts, and notable displays of wildlife (Blue Babe, a preserved 36,000 year-old bison, is a star attraction.'

    quoted from State of Alaska Tourism Info

    Directions: On the campus of the University of Alaska, 907 Yukon Drive, west of Fairbanks, accessible from College Road, Farmers Loop Road or Geist Road.

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  • Summer: Riverboat Discovery,...

    by funnytoes Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Summer: Riverboat Discovery, Eldorado Mine, Alaskaland Park,Drive to Denali Park (around 2 hrs one way), Chena Hots Springs, Circle Hot Springs
    Winter: Chena Hot Springs (a little over an hour away), Circle Hot Springs (about 4 hours away)

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    Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race

    by liusia Written Apr 8, 2011

    This is an annual event in mid/late March. The teams do three sprints over the course of three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) so plenty of chances to stop by and observe!

    Directions: The starting line is downtown - everything is blocked off, so you can't miss it. Course maps can be found in the local paper and on the race homepage.

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    Museum of the North

    by Rene48 Updated Oct 1, 2010

    A very interesting place to visit. It gives you a interesting, informative insight into life and custom of the first nation.

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    Ice sculpture Championships: incredible

    by yaaqov Written Oct 13, 2006

    "Ice Art Championships"
    it is incredible. Have to see www.icealaska.com in order to believe.
    There is also kid's park.

    On march, every year.

    Address: AK>Fairbanks>Johanson exp'way>Peger road>Ice Park

    Directions: Akaska>Fairbanks>Johanson expressway>Peger road>follow the sign to Ice Park. See chart at http://www.icealaska.com/map.html

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    Ride the Midnight Sun Express

    by cfuentesm Written Jul 18, 2006

    Take the Midnight Sun train back to Anchorage. It is a long long trip, but quite nice scenery all around.

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    El Dorado Gold Mine Panning

    by cfuentesm Written Jul 18, 2006

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    This is how we tourists can pan for gold these days. You'll get a little bit of gold, promised. And it's yours to keep.

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    Athabascan Village

    by cfuentesm Written Jul 18, 2006

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    If you take the trip to Riverboat Discovery, you can also visit this Athabascan Village where you'll learn about typical customs and ways of life.

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    Riverboat Discovery

    by cfuentesm Written Jul 18, 2006

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    You can have a nice afternoon travelling on this riverboat. Nice river views plus you get to stop at an Athabascan Village and watch how sled dogs are trained.

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    Cross the Arctic Circle along Dalton Highway

    by victorwkf Updated Oct 20, 2005

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    Cross the Arctic Circle along the Dalton Highway. It's not everyday that you can claim you have crossed the Arctic Circle ! Go pass this geographical milestone along the Dalton Highway !

    Directions: There is a site along the Dalton Highway which marks the Arctic Circle line (see photo). Cross it to achieve a person milestone.

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    Take a cruise along the Chena River

    by victorwkf Updated Oct 20, 2005

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    Take a cruise along the Chena River. Experience a relaxing cruise along the Chena River and re-live the gold rush days of Fairbanks. The weather is fantastic and warm in late spring and summer.

    Address: The Chena River runs through Fairbanks

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