Fairbanks Travel Guide

Nestled within Alaska’s interior, Fairbanks, known as the “Golden Heart City,” offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and nature, with highlights such as Gold Dredge No. 8 honoring its gold rush origins, and institutions like the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Museum of the North showcasing its vibrant cultural scene. Among its mesmerizing attractions are the Northern Lights, providing prime viewing opportunities in the winter. Summers beckon travelers to Denali National Park and winters transform the city into a hub for dog sledding and ice fishing.


Deeply connected to its indigenous heritage, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center celebrates local Athabascan cultures, while Chena Hot Springs offers relaxation and the Arctic Circle calls out to the adventurous. Combining modern amenities with a frontier spirit, Fairbanks invites visitors to delve into its unique tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders in the heart of the Last Frontier, as detailed in our recommendations highlighting the top attractions, dining, and experiences.

Restaurants in Fairbanks

  • The Turtle Club: A premier high-end restaurant famous for its Prime Rib, serving American favorites in a rustic yet refined atmosphere.
  • Big Daddy’s BBQ: A full-service restaurant and catering company known for its award-winning BBQ, fresh food, generous portions, and excellent service.
  • Pike’s Landing: a Fairbanks restaurant landmark with mouth-watering specialties prepared by some of Alaska’s best chefs.
  • Jazz Bistro on 4th: Specializes in fresh Cuban and Latin Cuisine featuring Tapas, Cuban dishes, Fish and Seafood by Chef Rico.
  • The Crepery: Offers a wide variety of savory and sweet crepes, featuring fine meats, cheeses, fresh veggies, homemade sauces, local seafood, and fresh fruit.

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.
  • Bear Lodge at Wedgewood Resort: Offers cozy summer lodging with spacious rooms, beautiful walking trails, a fitness center, a lounge, and an on-site antique auto museum, aiming for a comfortable and enriching experience.
  • Bridgewater Hotel: A “boutique” style hotel with refurbished guestrooms and public area spaces. All new contemporary style guestroom furnishings, a gift shop, building exterior enhancements and so much more all at very attractive rates.
  • Chena Hot Springs Resort: A blend of hospitality with sustainability, offering rejuvenating hot springs, a range of lodging options, dining, and activities like an ice museum, with a focus on renewable energy and environmental stewardship.
  • Springhill Suites: Offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas, complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a convenient location for both business and leisure travelers.

Activities in Fairbanks

Getting to Denali Zipline Park

Estimated Drive Time: 2 – 2.5 Hours

When planning your Denali Park Zipline 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 130 miles, enjoying scenic vistas along the way. As you approach the Denali National Park area, watch for Milepost 239 and Denali Boardwalk, which marks the location of Denali Park Zipline. Upon arrival, the friendly team at Denali Park Zipline will be ready to greet you and help you prepare for your upcoming zip tour.


Enjoy your adventure from Fairbanks to Denali!


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