Top Choice Museum in Fairbanks

University of Alaska Museum of the North

In an architecturally abstract igloo-and-aurora-inspired edifice sits one of Alaska’s finest museums, with artifact-rich exhibits on the geology, history, culture and trivia of each region of the state. You are gree…
Gardens in Fairbanks

Georgeson Botanical Garden

Georgeson Botanical Garden is a kaleidoscope of flowers, herbs, fruits and gigantic vegetables, and the Large Animal Research Station.
Historic Site in Fairbanks

Pioneer Park

Like many cities with little surviving history, Fairbanks attempts to recreate the 'old' days in a historical theme park. Suffice to say, it doesn't always work. The most prominent sight in rather dowdy 44-acre Pion…
Ranger Station in Talkeetna

Mountaineering Ranger Station

Whether you’re intrigued or boggled by high-altitude alpinism, this ranger station provides an excellent window into that rarefied world. In addition to coordinating the numerous Mt McKinley expeditions during sprin…
Museum in Talkeetna

Talkeetna Historical Society Museum

A block south of Main St, look for this small complex of restored buildings that includes the town’s 1936 schoolhouse, a fully furnished trapper’s cabin and a train depot. There are exhibits devoted to bush pilots a…
Spring in Elliot Highway

Manley Hot Springs

Privately owned by famously hospitable Chuck and Gladys Dart, bathing happens within a huge, thermal-heated greenhouse that's a veritable Babylonian garden of grapes, Asian pears and hibiscus flowers. Deep in this j…
Wildlife Reserve in Denali & the Interior

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge

Cultural Center in Nenana

Alfred Starr Nenana Cultural Center

This riverfront center informs visitors about local culture and history.
Museum in Fairbanks

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

For a state with so few highways, this is a surprisingly comprehensive collection of 70 working antique vehicles, highlighting both the evolution of the automobile from the late 19th century as well as motor-vehicle…
Wildlife Reserve in Fairbanks

Large Animal Research Station

If you can’t make a trip to the Arctic for a little wildlife observation, consider visiting this research station that tends herds of musk oxen, reindeer and caribou. The station studies the animals’ unique adaptati…