Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint
A popular spot to see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline is at the viewpoint 15 minutes north of Fairbanks. Here you’ll find informational displays about how the pipeline was built and see the tools used to maintain and keep the pipeline clean. Most sightseeing tours from Fairbanks include a visit to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and tour options are plentiful. Choose between Fairbanks city highlights, Arctic Circle, and Northern Lights viewing excursions.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Get up close to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline at the viewpoint just outside of Fairbanks.
- Learn about this incredible engineering feat through informational displays.
- The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint is free to visit.
- Don’t forget your camera; this is a great spot to photograph the pipeline.
How to Get There
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint is located at milepost 8.4 on the Steese Highway between Fairbanks and Fox near the Gold Dredge 8 Historic Site. No public transportation is available to the viewpoint so go by rental car or with a guided tour.
When to Get There
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint is open 24 hours a day, year-round. The viewpoint is a popular spot so visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon and evening to avoid the crowds during the busier summer months.
The Yukon River Bridge Another great spot to view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline is at the Yukon River Bridge, officially known as the E. L. Patton Bridge. The bridge spans the Yukon River 135 miles (217 kilometers) north of Fairbanks and carries both the Dalton Highway and the pipeline over the river. The bridge was built during the pipeline’s construction and a viewing platform provides great photo opportunities of the bridge and pipeline.