Fairbanks Travel Guide

Nestled in Alaska’s interior, Fairbanks, the “Golden Heart City,” beckons with history, culture, and nature. Born during the Gold Rush, it pays tribute to its roots at Gold Dredge No. 8. The University of Alaska and the Museum of the North showcase its vibrant culture.


One of its most dazzling attractions is the Northern Lights, a celestial dance gracing its night skies. Fairbanks offers prime viewing of this natural wonder. In summer, it’s an entry point for guests traveling to Denali National Park, while winter transforms it into a playground for dog sledding and ice fishing.


Deeply rooted in indigenous heritage, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center celebrates local Athabascan cultures. Chena Hot Springs provides relaxation, while the Arctic Circle beckons for the adventurous.


Fairbanks marries modern amenities with a frontier spirit, welcoming visitors to explore its unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty in the heart of the Last Frontier. Our Fairbanks travel guide explores the top things to do in Fairbanks.

Restaurants in Fairbanks

  • The Pump House Restaurant & Saloon: Housed in a historic building, it offers a diverse menu with Alaskan specialties and scenic riverfront dining.
  • Lavelle’s Bistro: Known for its fine dining experience, Lavelle’s offers a seasonal menu featuring fresh ingredients, seafood, and a selection of wines.
  • The Cookie Jar Restaurant: A local favorite for breakfast and brunch, offering a wide variety of delicious homemade baked goods and hearty dishes.
  • Ivory Jack’s: Located just outside of Fairbanks, it’s known for its unique atmosphere and Alaskan-inspired cuisine, including reindeer and seafood dishes.

Accommodations in Fairbanks

  • Pike’s Waterfront Lodge: Located on the Chena River, this lodge offers comfortable accommodations, beautiful views, and is known for its friendly service.
  • Sophie Station Suites: Featuring spacious suites with kitchenettes, this hotel provides a home-away-from-home atmosphere and is close to shopping and dining options.
  • Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge: Situated on the Chena River, it offers modern amenities, comfortable rooms, and a tranquil atmosphere.
  • Aurora Villa: Completely different Alaska experience with joyful Luxury rooms located less than half hour from the heart of Fairbanks.
  • River’s Edge Resort: Nestled along the Chena River, this resort offers comfortable cabins and rooms, as well as a riverside restaurant and beautiful grounds.

Activities in Fairbanks

Getting to Denali ATV Adventures

Estimated Drive Time: 2-3 Hours

When planning your Denali ATV tour, know that a drive from Fairbanks is an exciting journey through Alaska’s interior. Head south on the George Parks Highway (AK-3) for approximately 120 miles, enjoying scenic vistas along the way.


As you approach the town of Healy, watch for Milepost 247 and Otto Lake road on the right. Travel one mile on Otto Lake Road and turn left on Wilderness Way where you will find Denali ATV Adventures.


Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the friendly staff at Denali ATV Adventures, ready to guide you on an unforgettable exploration of Denali’s rugged wilderness and breathtaking landscapes.


Enjoy your adventure from Fairbanks to Denali!


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