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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…
Top Choice Brewery in Fairbanks

Hoodoo Brewing Co

A new Pacific Northwest–style brewery with an on-site tasting room that's kitted out in modern, minimalist decor. Get the four-beer sampler, which includes a stout, IPA and some pale blonde beers with interesting Ge…
Seafood in Fairbanks

Alaska Salmon Bake

One popular eating event during summer in much of the state, but especially in the Southeast, is the salmon bake. It's an outdoor affair, with grilled locally caught salmon smothered with somebody's homemade barbecu…
Desserts in Fairbanks

College Coffeehouse

In Campus Corner Mall, this is one of the best spots in Fairbanks to pick up on the city's off-beat vibe. They often have live music.
Italian in Fairbanks

Gambardella’s Pasta Bella

In a city founded by an Italian, one would expect a decent ristorante and though Gambardella's can't compete with the chefs in Bologna or Catania, it's a welcome sight in Fairbanks – and very popular. Italophiles sh…
Thai in Fairbanks


Ignore the out-of-the-way, strip-mall setting, which is ugly even by Fairbanks' standards. Lemongrass does the best Thai food north of Anchorage.
Theater in Fairbanks

Palace Theatre & Saloon

Pioneer Park comes alive at night in this historical theater with honky-tonk piano, cancan dancers and other acts in the ‘Golden Heart Revue.’
Diner in Fairbanks

Sam’s Sourdough Café

Considered by many to be the town’s best diner, this place serves up sourdough pancakes all day long, as well as burgers and the usual diner suspects. It's not fancy, but that's the point.
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…