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How to Spend 3 Days in Fairbanks

How to Spend 3 Days in Fairbanks

With three days in Fairbanks, you’ll be able to see the city’s most popular sights and still have time for an adventure above the Arctic Circle. Guided outdoor excursions offer a chance to reach remote areas and enjoy the outdoors in every season. Here are just a few suggestions for how to spend your three days in Fairbanks. 

Day 1: Enjoy the City Sights

Kick off your trip to Fairbanks with a history and culture-focused tour of top city sights. Visit the Museum of the North to see Alaska’s largest public display of gold, then head to the Santa Claus House in the town of North Pole, where Christmas is celebrated all year round. Don’t miss the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint and the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

In the afternoon, get a hands-on lesson about Alaska’s gold rush history: Take a narrow-gauge train ride to the Gold Dredge 8 historic mining site, and learn how to pan for gold. If you strike it rich, you’ll be able to take home whatever you find. In the evening, check out one of Fairbank’s many breweries or distilleries, or head out of the city for a northern lights viewing tour. 

Day 2: Venture Above the Arctic Circle

Fairbanks is often referred to as the gateway to the arctic, so on your second day, take a trip above the Arctic Circle for a glimpse into the real wilds of Alaska. Several companies offer tours into the Arctic, which range from simple driving tours to flightseeing adventures that take you to remote villages. 

To go it alone, take a drive on the Dalton Highway, one of only two roads in North America that crosses the Arctic Circle. Before you go, just make sure your rental car agreement allows travel on this rugged dirt highway; the road can be rough and difficult to travel on during inclement weather. Alternatively, spend the day touring the White Mountains National Recreation Area and enjoy a guided hike to Wickersham Dome (in summer) or a snowmobile tour (in winter). 

Day 3: Nature and Outdoor Fun

Spend your last day in Fairbanks enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds the city. The nearby Chena River State Recreation Area offers ample outdoor adventures including hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and paddling. During the winter, the park offers several guided snowshoe hikes, ice fishing excursions, snowmobile trips, and dog-mushing adventures. 

Go all out on your final evening in Fairbanks, and enjoy a soak in the Chena Hot Springs. The springs were discovered over a hundred years ago when miners saw steam rising out of a distant valley. Today the springs are part of a full-service, year-round resort. Evening tours to Chena Hot Springs depart from Fairbanks, and many include a northern lights experience. While in the area, be sure to check out the quirky ice sculptures at the nearby Aurora Ice Museum.

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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

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Pair aurora borealis with spa treatments and you get a northern lights experience like no other. This night trip from Fairbanks takes you to Chena Hot Springs Resort for an exciting but relaxing array of activities. Discover eye-popping sculptures at the on-site Aurora Ice Museum, and then unwind in the resort’s legendary mineral water baths. When the conditions are right, a guide takes your small group to the best locations to watch for the ethereal northern lights, with warm beverages in hand.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$175.00
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Northern Lights Viewing including Dinner and 1-Hour Dog Sledding

Northern Lights Viewing including Dinner and 1-Hour Dog Sledding

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Treat yourself to the complete Alaskan experience: A team of happy hounds speeds you through snowy scenery and then you’re whisked off to an off-the-grid cabin for a delicious home-cooked meal. Learn what it takes to lead a team of dogs before hopping on a sled for an hour-long run. After dinner, face the cabin’s large north-facing windows and marvel at aurora borealis, while savoring a warm beverage.
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  • 6 hours
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Fairbanks Ice Fishing Expedition in a Heated Cabin with Fish Cookout

Fairbanks Ice Fishing Expedition in a Heated Cabin with Fish Cookout

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Go ice fishing in Alaska at a remote spot outside the city of Fairbanks with a guide who provides fishing gear and tips. Stay warm in a cozy heated cabin next to the frozen lake, and snack on reindeer sausage on buns, and fresh grilled fish (that you catch). Includes use of fishing gear and cabin, guide, and refreshments.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$149.00
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Alaskan Heritage and Sightseeing Tour in Fairbanks

Alaskan Heritage and Sightseeing Tour in Fairbanks

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Get to know Alaska’s past and present on this 5.5-hour tour in Fairbanks led by an informative guide. Enjoy the Museum of the North’s story of Alaska’s natural and cultural heritage, and admire the art installations at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center. Browse dog-mushing memorabilia at the Yukon Quest Log Cabin, before exploring Pioneer Park (seasonal) that features attractions celebrating Alaska’s notable historical hallmarks, including the Gold Rush. Visit all these sites as part of a small-group or private tour — your choice!
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$105.00
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Aurora Northern Lights Photography Workshop & Tour

Aurora Northern Lights Photography Workshop & Tour

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Many tours take travelers to spot the northern lights, but few do so with a photographer and professional grade cameras and equipment. This tour, which takes you to a carefully selected location outside of Fairbanks, does just that. Rent a camera, tripod, lenses, and spend at least three hours taking photos of the lights phenomenon.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$269.00
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Fairbanks Snowmobile Adventure from North Pole

Fairbanks Snowmobile Adventure from North Pole

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Speed through winter landscapes on this snowmobile adventure in North Pole. Follow an expert guide into the Chena Lakes Recreation area on remote mountain trails leading you across frozen lakes and rivers, and keep an eye out for wildlife. Then, park the snowmobile and wind down your adrenaline with a warm beverage, along with some snacks.
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  • 1 hour
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US$95.00
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Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch

Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch

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Bundle up and embark on this small-group tour from Fairbanks — limited to just nine people — that takes you to the Arctic Circle, Earth’s northernmost circle of latitude, where the sky is completely dark or light all day. Aboard a climate-controlled van, cruise along the Dalton Highway, cross the Yukon River and then enjoy lunch in the arctic landscape. Learn about the indigenous Eskimo culture in the region, and take home incredible pictures, as well an official Arctic Circle certificate. Hotel transport is included.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Fairbanks City Highlight Tour

Fairbanks City Highlight Tour

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Get to know Fairbanks, called the ‘Golden Heart City,’ on this 5-hour sightseeing tour. Visit the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center for an intro into the city’s history and culture, and admire the architecture at the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North. Feast your eyes on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the world’s largest pipeline, and wrap up your day at the Santa Claus House in the North Pole. Hotel transport included.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Arctic Circle Full-Day Adventure from Fairbanks

Arctic Circle Full-Day Adventure from Fairbanks

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Enjoy adventures away from Fairbanks as you discover the beautiful landscapes of the Alaskan wilderness. Walk along the thundering Yukon River, and hike above the tree line of Finger Mountain for gorgeous views. At the Arctic Circle take a commemorative photo, and learn about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world’s largest pipelines. Enjoy live commentary and hotel transport on this full-day tour.
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  • 12 to 15 hours
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US$200.00
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Guided Tour of Fort Yukon by Plane from Fairbanks with Yukon River Stop

Guided Tour of Fort Yukon by Plane from Fairbanks with Yukon River Stop

The remote Yukon is home to an uncommon, otherworldy beauty. On this scenic flight tour aboard a 9-passenger airplane, you’ll experience that beauty from a bird’s eye view. The trip, which starts and ends in Fairbanks, also includes a guided bus tour of Fort Yukon and makes a stop at the Yukon River. All guests are guaranteed a window seat.
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  • 4 hours
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US$502.00
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Snowshoe Tour at Chena Lakes

Snowshoe Tour at Chena Lakes

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Escape to a winter wonderland at the Chena Lakes Recreation Area on this snowshoe tour from Fairbanks. As a guide takes you over snow-covered trails at a leisurely pace, watch for wildlife such as moose, birds, snowshoe hare, and foxes. Explore forests and frozen lakes in this tranquil environment, and hear the sound of your snowshoes crunching softly in the snow. This is a perfect budget-friendly activity for the family.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.00
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Hike into the Wilderness at Wickersham Dome

Hike into the Wilderness at Wickersham Dome

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Enjoy a full-day tour with a moderately challenging hike at Wickersham Dome in the White Mountains Recreation Area. Your knowledgeable guide shares informative commentary as you take in this spectacular wilderness area in the Alaskan interior. Light refreshments and round-trip transportation from Fairbanks are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$195.00
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