Fairbanks Travel Guide

Nestled within Alaska’s interior, Fairbanks, dubbed the “Golden Heart City,” presents an enchanting fusion of history, culture, and nature, with landmarks like Gold Dredge No. 8 paying homage to its gold rush heritage, and renowned institutions such as the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Museum of the North showcasing its dynamic culture. Its allure includes the mesmerizing Northern Lights, offering exceptional viewing opportunities during winter, while summers draw visitors to Denali National Park.


Deeply rooted in indigenous traditions, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center celebrates Athabascan cultures, alongside Chena Hot Springs offering relaxation, and the Arctic Circle beckoning the adventurous. Harmonizing modern comforts with a frontier ethos, Fairbanks invites exploration of its rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural marvels at the heart of the Last Frontier, as detailed in our recommendations highlighting top attractions, dining options, and Fairbanks activities.

Restaurants in Fairbanks

  • Alaska Salmon Bake: Casual outdoor restaurant featuring grilled salmon, halibut & prime rib, open seasonally. 
  • Bobby’s Downtown: This place is 100 percent Greek! Greek music, Greek columns out front and Greek Food. 
  • Elf’s Den Restaurant & Lounge: Praised for its lively, welcoming atmosphere, complete with a pool table and bar, offering a great assortment of American dishes, particularly their notable pizza, coupled with exceptional service.
  • Soba: Each dish is created with love to fulfill your taste. The one and only restaurant in Alaska that serves hearty Eastern European Food and Moldova’s best wines.
  • Chena’s Alaskan Grill: Alaskan cuisine infused with a celebration of flavors from around the world. Located on the banks of the Chena River.

Accommodations in Fairbanks

  • Hampton Inn and Suites: Casual rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks, plus coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves. Suites add living areas and pull-out sofas.
  • Northern Sky Lodge: Beautiful log built Alaska lodge with breathtaking views of the aurora & wildlife outside of the Fairbanks area. 
  • A Taste of Alaska Lodge: Nestled on 280 acres near Fairbanks, this lodge offers a unique Alaskan experience with its family-owned charm, diverse accommodations, and stunning natural scenery, making it an ideal spot for both adventure and relaxation. 
  • Westmark Fairbanks Hotel: situated in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska, stands out for its 400 guest rooms, extensive conference facilities, on-site dining options, and a prime location ideal for exploring the Northern Lights and local attractions.
  • Sophie Station Suites: Featuring spacious suites with kitchenettes, this hotel provides a home-away-from-home atmosphere and is close to shopping and dining options.

Activities in Fairbanks

  • Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center: A gateway to the vibrant cultural heritage and natural wonders of Alaska’s interior, offering immersive exhibits and resources for visitors to explore.
  • University of Alaska Museum of the North: Discover Alaska’s history, art, and culture through fascinating exhibits and collections.
  • Chena Hot Springs: The resort includes a campground, cabins and rooms to rent, a restaurant, hot springs pools, tours of all kinds and an indoor museum fashioned from 1,000 tons of ice.
  • Riverboat Discovery: Cruise the great rivers of the Last Frontier! This three-hour tour will take you into the heart of Alaska and introduce you to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska their way of life for five generations.
  • Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum: Consistently named one of the Top Attractions in Fairbanks by TripAdvisor, and one of the best auto museums in the world among auto enthusiasts.

Getting to Denali Jeep Excursions

Estimated Drive Time: 2-3 Hours


When planning your Denali Highway Jeep Tour, know that a drive from Fairbanks is an exciting journey through Alaska’s interior. Head south on the George Parks Highway (AK-3) for approximately 130 miles, enjoying scenic vistas along the way.


As you approach the Denali National Park area, watch for Milepost 239 and Denali Boardwalk, which marks the location of Denali Jeeps’ office. Upon arrival, the friendly team at Denali Jeep Excursions will be ready to greet you and help you prepare for your upcoming Jeep trip.

Enjoy your drive from Fairbanks to Denali!


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