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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 Denali National Park & Preserve

49th State Brewing Company

You can have the best evening out in Denali at this multifarious place which is 1) a brewpub brewing its own fine ales; 2) a wonderful flame-grilled restaurant; 3) a live-music venue and 4) a dedicated purveyor of d…
Top Choice American in Denali National Park & Preserve

229 Parks

South of McKinley Village, this stylish timber-frame hideaway is quintessentially modern Alaskan: locally owned, organic and fervently committed to both the community and environment. Everything is made on-site, inc…
Top Choice Pizza in Denali National Park & Preserve

Prospectors Pizzeria & Ale House

Perennially busy and with good reason! Set in the Old Northern Lights Theatre building, this cavernous alehouse-cum–pizza parlor has quickly become one of the most popular eating establishments in the park area. In …
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…
Top Choice Breakfast in Talkeetna

Talkeetna Roadhouse

This venerable, colorful establishment has the best breakfast in town. Half-orders are adequate, full orders are mountain-sized. The restaurant also doubles as a bakery, cooking up giant cinnamon rolls in the mornin…
Top Choice Cafe in Denali National Park & Preserve

Black Bear Coffee House

Serving coffee worthy of a hip Seattle-based barista, along with jolly decent coconut cake and mega-strong wi-fi, this place is a knee-weakening apparition to people who've been living off camping food for the last …
Nature Reserve in The Interior

Denali National Park & Preserve

Here is probably your best chance in the Interior (if not in the entire state) of seeing a grizzly bear, moose or caribou, and maybe even a fox or wolf. And unlike most wilderness areas in the country, you don’t hav…
Mountain in Denali National Park & Preserve


What makes 20,237ft Denali (formerly Mt McKinley) one of the world’s great scenic mountains is the sheer independent rise of its bulk. Denali begins at a base of just 2000ft, which means that on a clear day you will…
Park in The Alcan-Alaska Highway

Chena Lakes Recreation Area

The last phase of an Army Corps of Engineers flood-control project prompted by the Chena River’s flooding of Fairbanks in 1967.