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Fairbanks-- 'The Golden Heart of Alaska'

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Nestled in the interior of Alaska, Fairbanks is known as the 'Golden Heart' city, a reputation acquired from decades of exhibiting warm Alaskan hospitality. Fairbanks boasts the largest ownership of airplanes owned by private citizen, the greatest number of resident dog mushers, the greatest number of resident artists, and is home to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The Museum of the North has won more awards and accollades than any other new architecture in the state built in the last 10 years.

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University of Alaska Museum of the North-- The museum’s research collections – 1.4 million artifacts and specimens – represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. The collections are organized into 10 disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North. The museum is also the premier repository for artifacts and specimens collected on public lands in Alaska and a leader in northern natural and cultural history research. Click here for special events and program.

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New: Fairbanks Area Hiking & Birding Guide

Produced by the Arctic Audubon Society, the Fairbanks Area Hiking & Birding Guide is a 23-by-35-inch fold out map showing the locations of 35 popular hiking and birding spots that are easy to access and on public land.

• The map includes a guide to the many species of birds in the area.
• The reverse side of the map includes detailed information on each trail.
• The map is available folded (6" x 9") or unfolded (23" x 35")

The map is sold for $12 in Fairbanks at the Alaska Bird Observatory Education Center, Friends of Creamer’s Field Farmhouse Visitor Center, Gulliver’s Books, Beaver Sports, and the Geophysical Institute Map Office. To order by mail for $13 (folded only), contact Arctic Audubon.


Riverboat Discovery-- Welcome aboard! Your three-and-a half hour cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska and the heart of a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for four generations. You will see a bush plane taking off from a "bush" style runway, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher, and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture. Alaskan Native guides who have worked and lived in Alaska will take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village.

Eldorado Gold Mine-- A two-hour guided tour takes you through a permafrost tunnel where Alaska's history comes alive. Enjoy a walking tour of our mining camp. Meet and talk with Alaska miners as you learn about present day placer mining methods. After a short course in gold mining, grab your own "poke" filled with pay dirt right out of a sluice box and try your hand at panning for gold. Everyone finds gold. We guarantee it!

Alaska Public Lands Information Center-- The centers serve the public on behalf of eight federal and state agencies which manage public lands in Alaska. The agencies are the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Geological Survey, Forest Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Department of Commerce, Community &
Economic Development, Alaska Department of Transportation, and the Department of Natural Resources. Alaska's state and federal public lands are rich and varied. The centers provide one-stop access to visitor information on Alaska's public lands, including interpretive programs, daily films, brochures, mail and phone requests and special events.

Pioneer Park-- Is an enormous gathering of museums (7), entertainment event, shops (14), restaurants( 9), and attractions like the Palace Theater, Big Stampede Show, and Bear Gallery. See local art. Eat. Walk through historic building. Or just ride the train.

Fairbanks Symphony-- Join us as we celebrate our 51st season of music making in the Golden Heart of Alaska. You�ll marvel at renowned soloists & acts such as pianist Ilya Yakushev, percussionist Morris Palter, cello soloist Zuill Bailey, and violinist Kathleen Butler-Hopkins performing Vivaldi - Four Seasons.

Fairbanks Drama Association-- Chances are there is a performance tonight. Call to find out more info & for tix. 456-PLAY.

Opera Fairbanks-- Interior Alaska's only professional Opera. Gregory Buchalter, music director.

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival-- A unique, two week study & performance festival with classes in vocal & instrumental, percussion & world music, opera & musical theatre, dance, Shakespeare, film making, ice skating, healing arts, visual arts & creative writing. July 19 - Aug 2, 2009.

EcoSeg Alaska, Segway Tours of Fairbanks Alaska-- You can take many different historic tours of Fairbanks on a Segway. This is the 2 wheel, scooter-like vehicle. Our visitors just love it. The tour company is highly rated on

Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks Recreation Department

hot licks ice cream fairbanks alaskaHot Licks Ice Cream-- History: The first Hot Licks opened in February of 1986. Located in Fairbanks, just down the hill from the University of Alaska, Hot Licks quickly became a popular local attraction offering the finest from the four basic food groups: Soup, Bread, Ice Cream, and Coffee. The menu featured two made from scratch soups daily, fresh baked bread, cinnamon rolls, croissants, and muffins, a full espresso bar, and, of course, a complete old fashioned soda fountain menu. All ice cream was made on the premises in a forty-quart batch freezer.

Eleven years later, in May of 1997, a major change took place. The owners decided to discontinue soups, sandwiches and baked goods. They built a 20’ by 20’ ice cream shop with walk up window service. Seating is outdoors in a park like setting. There are picnic tables, benches, and an adjacent 20’ by 20’ pavilion. Operation is seasonal from April through September.

Big Dipper Ice Skating-- Ice skating and Hockey.

Tanana Chief River Tour-- Greatland River Tours offers sightseeing and meal cruises on its authentic stern wheeler, the Tanana Chief.

Arctic Circle Flight-seeing Tours-- May 15 to September 15

georgeson botanical garden fairbanks alaska cabbageGeorgeson Botanical Garden-- is a nationally recognized botanical garden and a member of a national network of educational and research institutions dedicated to plant culture and conservation. It is designed to allow the public to learn about plant culture in the far north. This is a research garden as well as a multi-garden environment for many kinds of visitors. There is a childrens garden, a Japanese Quoi Pond Garden, and a series of look out decks which will take your breath away.

creamer's field fairbanks alaskaCreamers Field Migratory Bird Sanctuary-- Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,000 acre state owned wildlife refuge located in Fairbanks, Alaska just north of the city center on College Road. It has many trails includes a 1 mile boardwalk trail through an Alaskan Boreal Forrest, exquisite! Special Event-- Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival August 26-28.

Creamer's Field is a designated Audubon Important Bird Area click here to learn more about the importance of this area for migrating birds click here

mary shields dog mushing fairbanks alaskaMary Shields Dog Mushing-- You may have met her in one of her books, on television or at the Riverboat Discovery. Hear about her love of living in Alaska with her family of sled dogs. Learn about Mary's 39 years of adventure in mushing, where a dog team carries her to a quiet life in the wilderness. Her achievements have been recognized and honored by the State of Alaska and international dog mushing organizations.--

Chena Hot Springs-- Take a day trip to the hot springs. Have a soak. See the Aurora Ice Museum.

musk ox larger animal research center fairbanks alaskaMusk Ox Farm, Large Animal Research Center-- he Large Animal Research Station conducts public tours of animal enclosures during the summer months, June through September. These tours allow the visitor a closer view of the muskoxen, caribou and reindeer maintained at LARS for research and education.



golf north star golf club fairbanks alaskaNorth Star Golf Course-- North Star Golf Club, North America's northernmost USGA course, is Alaska's great links style golf course. North Star offers VISITOR SPECIALS that include 9 or 18 holes of golf, golf cart, clubs, towel, logo ball, and certificate.


cabbage tanana state fairTanana Valley State Fair-- August 5 - 13: Rides, Food, Competitive Exhibits of Alaska Farm Animals and Produce, performances. go to




Flight Seeing or Flight Fishing-- Fly out to remote lakes for fishing.

Golden Days Celebration-- City of Fairbanks gets really silly for a week with activities everywhere celebrating our history. Dress up in gold mine fashions of days past. Get a citizen out of the local jail. Try your luck at the rubber duckie race. Go to

World Native Indian Olympics-- Ear wrestling to blanket toss, this is a must see week long event. Held mid-July. Go to

Large Animal Reserch Center-- See the baby caribou. Right next to the Botantical Garden.

reindeerRunning Reindeer Ranch-- Want to walk with the reindeer? Pet a baby reindeer? The reindeer farm is at the base of Moose Mountain about 20 minutes from Dale and Jo. go to

alaska pipe lineAlyesca Pipeline Visitor Center-- It's easy to stop off here on your way to visit Chena Hot Springs. It is surprisingly impressive.




Swan Conversation Greenbelt-- Downhill from Dale and Jo View Suites. Trumpeter Swan sanctuary and home of black fox and calico fox.

swan and babies fairbanks alaskaRent a Motorcycle-- For the adventurious you can rent motorcycles at Harley Davidson Farthest North Outpost. Their phone number is 907-456-3265. Their web site is

Fishing-- There are many small airplane services in Chena Marina, just down the hill from Dale and Jo View Suites, which will fly you out to a distant lake for fishing. For guided or unguided fishing go to

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