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3 Days in Fairbanks for First Timers

Organisiert von Jacqueline Kehoea travel writer who left her heart in Alaska.

There’s no city like Fairbanks—the only hub in Alaska’s interior. It’s here that my eyes were opened to the 49th state’s greatest adventures, from dog sledding along the tundra to chasing the northern lights across the horizon.

The seasons greatly determine what kind of activities I like to do here—after all, there’s quite a difference between just a few hours of sunlight and near complete darkness, not to mention the below-freezing weather in winter vs. balmier summer days and nights. But whenever you visit, there's a guaranteed grand 3-day adventure in your future. Here’s how to begin.

Expect snow from late September through April, but delightfully warm summers.

If you only have time to do one thing, make it the train to Denali.

Day 1

Get to know Fairbanks before you depart to see Alaska’s natural wonders. The city's Indigenous heritage and pioneer past are on display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. To make planning easy, take a city tour to see a bit of everything on your first day.

If you're visiting between late August and late April, you’ve got a decision: How many nights do you want to spend aurora chasing? If you’ve got just two or three nights in Fairbanks, you may want to keep them all open to increase your chances of seeing those elusive ribbons.

Day 2

Chena Hot Springs is a year-round destination and a Fairbanks must-do. Come to relax in its mineral baths and outdoor wading lake and visit the onsite Aurora Ice Museum where everything (even the bar) is made of ice. There's an on-site restaurant too.

Many tours combine a visit to Chena with northern lights viewing. Visit with a guide and be escorted to a spot to see those ribbons of green, white, and purple. If hot springs aren’t your thing, try Aurora Husky Lodge, about 30 miles south of the city—it's got warm drinks, hospitality, and aurora views.

Day 3

Alaska Railroad’s “Denali in a Day” package is a sweet deal: You get to ride the Denali Star Train across the Alaskan wilderness into the national park. Then, around 4pm, you’ll get picked up at the park and be whisked back to town. Note: Be sure to take the northbound train back to Fairbanks.

If you stick closer to town, experience the traditional Alaskan way of life with a dog sledding adventure (dogs pull carts in the off-season). In winter, there's ice-fishing and snowmobiling outside town. In summer, there's ATVing, and you can even hit the backcountry trails at midnight.

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