Top things to do

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…
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…
Cultural Center in Fairbanks

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center

There are a few contenders for 'best visitor center in Alaska' but this one, a ingenious mix of museum, info point and cultural center, has to be in the top two or three. Inside are exhibits on Alaskan history and n…
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…
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.
Steak in Fairbanks

Pump House Restaurant

Located 4 miles from downtown, this national historic site was once a pump house during the gold-mining era. It’s loaded with character and collectibles, but the food is undistinguished and the dining area takes its…
American in Fairbanks

Wolf Run Restaurant

Set in an old timber house that has recently been spruced up, Wolf Run has long been known for its generous, super-sweet dessert plates, but lately has also excelled at gourmet food with a strong Middle Eastern infl…
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…
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…