After pickup from your Fairbanks hotel, your guide will take you to the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center, located on the banks of the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks. Named after an Alaska Native and political leader, this community center celebrates native Alaskan culture and natural history through interesting exhibits, indigenous art and tools and life-sized panoramas depicting Alaska’s wildlife and landscapes throughout the seasons.
After about an hour here, head to University of Alaska Museum of the North, whose immersive exhibits tell the story of Alaska’s natural, artistic and cultural heritage. Spend two hours exploring the botanical, geological, zoological and cultural collections to gain an understanding of the past, present and future issues unique to this northern region.
Next, stop by the Yukon Quest Log Cabin, which houses the Alaskan headquarters of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a grueling 1,000-mile (1,609-km) race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. Browse dog-mushing memorabilia and purchase any souvenirs from their store to take home with you.
Your guide will then take you to Pioneer Park, a 44-acre (109-hectare) park located along the Chena River that was opened in 1967 to celebrate the centennial of the Alaska Purchase. This park features many museums and attractions that commemorate early Alaskan history, such as Gold Rush Town, comprised of 35 restored buildings from the Gold Rush era; the SS Nenana, the world's second-longest wooden-hulled ship that carried passengers and cargo along the Chena River in the mid 1900s; and the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum, featuring the oldest working steam locomotive in Alaska.
After this fascinating Alaskan cultural and historical experience, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.