Recent Searches
Clear
Things to do in Fairbanks

Things to do in  Fairbanks

Welcome to Fairbanks

Alaska’s gateway to the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks offers a lot more than its urban sprawl might initially suggest. Seemingly endless summer days (it’s not called the Land of the Midnight Sun for nothing) are best spent panning for gold, floating or fishing along the Chena River, and hiking in the nearby White Mountains National Recreation Area. Come winter, northern lights expeditions, road trips along the Dalton Highway to the Arctic Circle, and snow sports like ice fishing, dog mushing, and cross-country skiing top the list of the most popular things to do.

Top 13 attractions in Fairbanks

#1
Chena Hot Springs Resort

Chena Hot Springs Resort

star-4.5585
An hour’s drive from Fairbanks, Chena Hot Springs Resort is renowned for its natural hot-springs lake, year-round ice museum, and Northern Lights viewing opportunities. Discovered over a hundred years ago by gold miners who saw steam rising from the Chena River Valley, the curative waters have been soothing weary travelers ever since.More
#2
Dalton Highway

Dalton Highway

star-5767
The Dalton Highway runs for 414 miles to Alaska’s northernmost mountains in the Brooks Range and nearly all the way out to the Arctic Ocean. Running through valleys surrounded by jagged peaks, the highway connects Interior Alaska to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and is technically part of the northernmost highway in the U.S. Also one of the most remote, the Dalton Highway parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Visitors who take the drive themselves will need to note that much of the road is still mostly gravel. Unless you’ve appeared on Ice Road Truckers, you might want to skip the ride in winter.Public access ends at the small town of Deadhorse, just before the Arctic Ocean, and if you want to reach those last 8 miles of private road out to the coast, it’s possible to join private tours from Deadhorse. At the Coldfoot truck stop, 250 miles north of Fairbanks, the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center gives details on road and backcountry conditions along the Dalton Highway, as well as information on recent wildlife spottings of the likes of grizzlies, black bears, and dall sheep. There’s also a picnic area and sign showing where the road crosses the Arctic Circle.More
#3
Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint

star-5903
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline traverses 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) through the Alaska wilderness from the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay to Valdez where it is shipped to refineries. Built between 1974 and 1977 and requiring over 28,000 people to build, the pipeline is considered one of the world’s most amazing engineering marvels and the viewpoint outside of Fairbanks is one of the best places to view it.More
#4
Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park

star-5164
Opened in 1967 as part of the Alaska 67 Centennial Exposition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alaska purchase, Pioneer Park is a historical theme park featuring museums, gold rush era relics, amusement rides, restaurants, and more. The 44-acre (109-hectare) park is one of the city’s most popular destinations, drawing visitors and locals interested in reliving Alaska’s early years.More
#5
Aurora Ice Museum

Aurora Ice Museum

star-4.5166
Made from over 1,000 tons of ice and snow, the Aurora Ice Museum is the largest year-round ice structure in the world. Completed in 2005 by world ice-art-carving champion Steve Brice and his wife, Heather, the museum features furniture, life-size knights on horseback, chandeliers shifting colors to mimic the Northern Lights, and even a bar, all made of ice.More
#6
University of Alaska Museum of the North

University of Alaska Museum of the North

star-5147
For a swift introduction to Alaska’s culture, wildlife, and landscapes, a visit to the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North is a must. One of Fairbanks’ most popular attractions, the museum features exhibits on everything from native cultures and the gold rush to dinosaurs, polar bears, and wooly mammoths. Daily films feature adventures into the arctic and the mysteries of the northern lights.More
#7
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

star-5147
The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center is the go-to place in Fairbanks for tourist information, maps, and a brief introduction to Alaskan Native history and culture. The center features films and exhibits showcasing the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of the Alaskan Interior and is home to the Alaska Public Lands Information Center and the Tanana Chiefs Conference Cultural Programs.More
#8
Tolovana River

Tolovana River

star-5320
Starting in the Yukon-Tanana Upland, 57 miles from the town of Fox, the Tolovana River is known for its grayling and northern pike fishing and flows southwest for 116 miles through the Tolovana Valley and its abundance of birch and spruce trees.With little to no light pollution, the area surrounding the Tolovana River is a particularly good place to see the Aurora Borealis, and while you’re in the area, look out for typical Alaskan wildlife, including moose, bears, eagles, and martens. Tucked into the mountains near the river, you can also visit Tolovana Hot Springs. The most remote of the region’s “big four” hot springs, the site is only accessible via cross-country skiing, hiking, dog-sledding or helicopter.More
#9
Georgeson Botanical Garden

Georgeson Botanical Garden

star-56
Located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, the Georgeson Botanical Garden is one of the northernmost gardens in the world and features an array of flowers, vegetables, herbs, and Alaska native plants. Considering Fairbanks receives over 21 hours of sunlight during the summer months, the garden acts as an experimental plot to see what can grow in this extreme subarctic environment.More
#10
Large Animal Research Station

Large Animal Research Station

star-52
Founded in 1979 on an old homestead ranch gifted to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Large Animal Research Station (LARS provides visitors the chance to see muskox, reindeer, and caribou. The muskox completely disappeared in Alaska in the mid-1800s due to overhunting and climate fluctuations and the center is dedicated to both the study and protection of these large Arctic mammals.More
#11
Chena River State Recreation Area

Chena River State Recreation Area

star-55
Comprised of the rolling hills, forests, and alpine tundra surrounding the Chena River outside of Fairbanks, the Chena River State Recreation Area offers visitors a host of outdoor adventures in any season. The recreation area’s abundant wildlife draws visitors hoping to spy bears, moose, and wolves; and the river attracts paddlers and anglers hoping to hook a grayling in one of the stocked ponds.More
#12
Gold Dredge 8

Gold Dredge 8

star-00
Take a journey through Alaska’s gold rush history aboard a replica Tanana Valley Railroad narrow gauge train to the historic Gold Dredge 8. This ladder-style dredge extracted millions of ounces of gold while in operation from 1928 to 1959 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll learn how to pan for gold and get to keep whatever treasures you find.More
#13
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

star-00
Vintage cars, history, and fashion collide at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. Located in Fairbanks, this museum traces the evolution of fashion and cars, from the Victorian Age to the 1930s. Visit to see its collection of more than 95 vintage cars and the largest display of vintage fashion in the Pacific Northwest.More

Top activities in Fairbanks

Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Transportation
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Aurora Lodge Viewing

Aurora Lodge Viewing

star-5
44
From
$130.00
Chena Hot Springs Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Chena Hot Springs Tour

star-5
102
From
$175.00
Arctic Circle Journey Tour with SkyFire In Focus Tours
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Side by Side Evening Tour

Side by Side Evening Tour

star-5
59
From
$350.00
per group
Fairbanks to Delta Junction: Beauty of the North Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Side by Side Morning Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Side by Side Morning Tour

star-5
33
From
$350.00
per group
Chena Hot Springs Day Tour from Fairbanks
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Fairbanks City Highlight Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Fairbanks City Highlight Tour

star-4.5
50
From
$140.00
Hiking Expedition at Angel Rocks
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Recent reviews from experiences in Fairbanks

star-5
Highly Recommend
Adell_C, Apr 2022
Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Chasing with Photography and Pick up Service
I came to Fairbanks just to see the Northern Lights.
star-5
Hot springs tour
Gina_S, Feb 2022
Hot Spring and Northern Lights Photography Tour
It was our best tour in Fairbanks , everything was wonderfull, don’t miss the hot springs tour !!
star-5
We saw the lights! Amazing beauty
Lorrie_K, Feb 2022
Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Chasing with Photography and Pick up Service
It truly is amazing to see in Fairbanks.
star-5
MEMORABLE NIGHT FOREVER!
Linda_P, Apr 2022
Aurora Viewing - Aurora Husky Lodge , Great view from top of the ridge
He offered his winter lodge to not only see the Aura Borealis, but also to warm up by a warm and cozy fire, he offered hot drinks to warm our inners, and he picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel in Fairbanks.
star-5
Amazing & Wonderful Tour Experience
Linda_W, Mar 2022
Incredible Aurora Viewing Adventure
We stopped along out route to see the Alaska Pipe Line, and take a couple of pictures.
star-5
The Best!
Carol_L, Mar 2022
Private Aurora Viewing in Interior Alaska
Most of us came packing our cameras and our warm clothes hoping to see the lights and photograph them outside Mike is a professional photographer so he was able to help us with our settings and offer ways to improve our results.
star-5
Chena hot springs : A "must do" trip.
VilmaVicente, Feb 2022
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
Jake was an excellent travel professional, on time, knowledgeable, informative, the Chena hot springs resort visit is a MUST!
star-5
Ms. Raydene - best tour guide ever!
Huyen_N, Feb 2022
Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome
She made sure you see the aurora and will go the extra miles for you to be able to see it and take good photos of it.
star-5
Our tour guide, Raydene...
Adrian_P, Feb 2022
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
The ice museum was good and the Chena Hot Springs were such an amazing experience.
star-5
We can view the aurora...
Tanawan_W, Jan 2022
Aurora Lodge Viewing
He really want us to see the northern light by taking time to drive different spot after the lodge closed so we don’t miss anything.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Rungploy_Y, Nov 2021
Aurora Lodge Viewing
We got to see the Aurora on our first night in Fairbanks.
star-5
A great spa experience!
Ronald_T, Aug 2021
Chena Hot Springs Tour
The hot springs were wonderful.
star-5
Great trip and best with Alaska tours and travel.
satish_a, Jul 2021
Chena Hot Springs Tour
Something to see around Fairbanks.
star-5
Arctic Circle tour was a highlight of my trip
Mary_C, Jul 2020
Arctic Circle Journey Tour with SkyFire In Focus Tours
Mr Bill was great and knew his stuff in regards to the Dalton highway Really amazing to see what is north of Fairbanks Highly recommended!
star-5
Museum of the North a must see
lismitx, Feb 2020
Fairbanks Autumn/Winter City Tour
This tour was a great way to see Fairbanks.
star-5
Fairbanks delight
quan258, Jan 2020
Fairbanks Autumn/Winter City Tour
We didn’t rent a car, so this tour was a wonderful overview of the city highlights of Fairbanks and a great way to visit Northpole, AK.
star-5
A must do. The tour director was a...
Denyse L, Oct 2017
Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Transportation
Looking to visit Fairbanks and go on some of the other available tours.
star-5
Chena Hot Springs was great! We were...
Linda_C, Aug 2016
Chena Hot Springs Day Tour from Fairbanks
Chena Hot Springs was great!
star-5
Our tour of Fairbanks was...
Mary_L, Jun 2016
Fairbanks City Highlight Tour
Both museums were very interesting, and it was a lot of fun to visit the North Pole and help Santa to mail customized letters to our grandchildren.
star-5
A great opening experience to see...
Barbara T, Sep 2015
Alaskan Heritage and Sightseeing Tour in Fairbanks
A great opening experience to see Fairbanks.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the top things to do in Fairbanks?
Q:
What are the top activities in Fairbanks?
Q:
What are the top things to do near Fairbanks?
A:
Check out things to do near Fairbanks:
Q:
What do I need to know before visiting Fairbanks?