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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 gr…
Top Choice Bakery in Fairbanks

LuLu's Bread and Bagels

The coffee is carefully brewed and delicious; the baked goods, from rosemary bread to quiche, are gorgeous; and the bagels just get the day started right. All baked goods and breads are created on-site – no plastic-…
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 …
Cultural in Fairbanks

World Eskimo-Indian Olympics

Held at the Carlson Center, this four-day event attracts indigenous people from across the Far North, who display their athletic prowess in contests such as the Alaska High Kick and test their pain thresholds in gam…
Ice Cream in Fairbanks

Hot Licks

There's no more quintessential Fairbanks summer solstice moment than buying a double scoop of this homemade ice-cream – which includes Alaskan-themed flavors such as wild berry and Silver Gulch stout – and watching …
Indian in Fairbanks

Spice It Up

Track this excellent food truck down and don't let them leave until you've tried their curries or tandoori platters, served with heaped plates of yellow rice. The friendly owner takes a ton of pride in his food, and…
Thai in Fairbanks

Lemongrass

Ignore the out-of-the-way, strip-mall setting – Lemongrass not only serves good Thai food, but good Northern Thai food. If that doesn't mean anything to you, there's still plenty of pad thai and green curry on the m…
Music in Fairbanks

Lost & Found

This little shop looks like an Alaskan closet that suddenly exploded into the world's coolest record collection, a nexus of vinyl that would make Nick Hornby characters nod in silent respect. The whole vibe of the p…
Arts & Crafts in Fairbanks

Alaska House Art Gallery

In a log building at the southern end of downtown, this gallery specializes in indigenous and Native-themed creations. Artists can often be found on the premises, demonstrating their talents or telling stories. If y…