Attractions

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 gr…
Spring in Fairbanks Region

Tolovana Hot Springs

These rustic, privately managed springs can be accessed on a taxing 11-mile overland hike south from Mile 93 on the Elliot Highway. Facilities consist of outdoor wood tubs bubbling with 125°F (51°C) to 145°F (62°C) …
Cultural Center in Fairbanks

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center

There are a few contenders for 'best visitor center in Alaska' but this one, an ingenious mix of museum, info point and cultural center, has to be in the running. Inside are exhibits on Alaskan history and Alaska Na…
Nature Reserve in Fairbanks

Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Birds have been migrating through this idyllic little stretch of farmland for millennia, and when the local dairy finally shut its doors, the community rallied to preserve the land. More than 100 species can now be …
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 ox, reindeer and caribou. The station studies the animals’ unique adaptation…
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 the evolution of the automobile from the late 19th century, as well as motor-vehicle his…
Gardens in Fairbanks

Georgeson Botanical Garden

The severe Arctic and wild interior of Alaska are blessed with rainbows of wildflowers, which are all on display here. The Georgeson Botanical Garden is a perfect picnic spot, as well as a 5-acre kaleidoscope of flo…
Viewpoint in Fairbanks

Alaska Range Viewpoint

Gaze out over boreal forest to distant mountains (including Denali on a good day) from this high perch on the University of Alaska campus.
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 the rather dowdy 44-acre …
Science Center in Fairbanks

International Arctic Research Center

Located on the University of Alaska campus, the center has become a leading authority on climate change. Its work includes investigating the impacts of global warming, assessing how much of it is man made, and looki…