University Of Alaska Museum Of The North
Dramatic architecture and new exhibit galleries make the expanded University of Alaska Museum of the North an extraordinary destination. Explore 2,000 years of art in the new Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery. See ancient ivory carvings, Alaska Native artworks, paintings, photographs and contemporary sculpture. Discover fascinating stories about Alaska's people, places and wildlife in the award-winning Gallery of Alaska. Highlights include the state's largest gold display, videos on the aurora and Blue Babe, the world's only Ice Age steppe bison mummy. Hear the voices of the sun, the moon, earthquakes and the aurora in The Place Where You Go to Listen, an ever-changing sound and light environment. Shop for fine gifts, books and Alaska Native art in the Museum Store. Open year-round on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. 907 Yukon Drive
Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
Free exhibit gallery celebrating the people, land & culture of Interior Alaska. Experience Alaska Native art, music, stories & dance. Take family portraits in traditional Athabascan garments of moosehide, fur & stunning beadwork. Shop for Alaska Native art, books, films and maps. Open 7 days a week. 101 Dunkel St., Fairbanks. 907-459-3700
Spend a little time in the past! Pioneer Park is an historic theme park - offering something for all ages. Stroll through Gold Rush Town, take in a show, have a picnic, view the many museums and historic landmarks, or just sit back and relax. Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks. 907-459-1087
Santa Claus House
Since 1952, Santa Claus House has provided millions of guests with an exciting shopping experience and an abundance of photo opportunities. Visit with Santa and his reindeer, browse through thousands of unique gifts, and view the World's Tallest Santa. Open year-round. 101 St. Nicholas Dr.
North Pole, AK 800-770-4222
Alaska Riverboat Discovery tours combine colorful river history, Native traditions and the beauty of Alaska's Interior. Our Alaskan crew will share their culture as you stroll an Athabascan Indian village. Mid-May to mid-Sept. 1975 Discovery Dr., Fairbanks. 907-479-6673 or 1-866-479-6673
El Dorado Gold Mine
El Dorado Gold Mine: Featured nationally on NBC. Ride the Tanana Valley Railroad into the gold fields of Interior Alaska for an adventure your whole family will treasure. Pan for gold. Strike it rich. We guarantee it! Shuttle service. Mid-May-mid-Sept. 1975 Discovery Drive
Fairbanks.907-479-6673 or 1-866-479-6673
Facts About Alaska
Alaska is the Largest State in the Union, one-fifth the size of the contiguous United States, 586,412 square miles or 345 million acres. There are two time zones, six climate-zones and has both the Easternmost and Westernmost points in the US.
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights): The beautifully eerie aurora borealis was long one of nature’s mysteries, now solved by matter-of-fact scientists who explain how gas particles in the upper atmosphere are struck by solar electrons trapped in the earth’s magnetic field, producing the strange lights. Your best chance to see an aurora display is in the spring or fall, although spectacular lights may occur on dark nights throughout the winter.
Glaciers: 28,800 square miles or 4.9% of the state of Alaska is covered by ice fields. Most glaciers are found in the Alaska Range, the Wrangell Mountains and the Coast, St. Elias, Chugach and Kenai Mountains. Why are glaciers blue? The weight of the accumulated snow forces out any air bubbles, creating compressed ice crystals, which absorb most colors of the spectrum but reflect blue. Portage, Matanuska, Columbia, Knik and Eagle Glaciers are in the Anchorage area.
Permafrost: This is permanently frozen ground lying a few inches to a few feet beneath much of Alaska. Surprisingly enough, it can be of any natural material: sand, soil, or even solid rock. A thin layer of tundra usually covers permafrost.
Tundra: Areas in Alaska with cool temperatures, frequent winds and moisture-retaining soils will frequently support tundra, a low-growing vegetation.
Community Garage Sale at the Nugget Mall - Come on out and discover what’s been uncovered through the winter. You may score a great deal!
Annual 1,000 Mile Dog Sled Race run in February between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks. 907-785-7954
Iron Dog Gold Rush Classic: World’s longest (over 1,970 miles) snowmachine race from Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks. 907-563-4414
North Pole Winter Carnival: Winter Festival with games, food, bazaars, entertainment, mushing and more in the city of North Pole near Fairbanks. 907-488-2242
Chatanika Days: Winter festival featuring outhouse races, long-john contest and more in historic gold mining town of Chatanika, 30 miles from Fairbanks. 907-389-2164
Fairbanks Winter Carnival: Celebration of winter including snowshoe softball, parka parades, campstove chili cook-off and more. 907-452-1105
Festival of Native Arts: Native dance groups from all over Alaska gather for traditional dancing, storytelling and craft exhibits. 907-474-7181
Limited North American Sled Dog Championships: Three-day series of sprint sled dog and ski-jor (skiers pulled by dogs) races. 907-457-6874
Open North American Championship Sled Dog Races: As the oldest continuously run sled dog race, this three-day series begins and ends in Fairbanks and draws the world’s fastest mushers. 907-457-6874
World Ice Art Championship: International sculptors produce larger-than-life works of art from Fairbanks ice. 907-451-8250
Arctic Man Ski and Snow Go Classic: A high-speed race where snowmachine drivers pull skiers on a 5 mile (8 km) course. A two-hour drive from Fairbanks. 907-474-6837
Nenana Ice Classic Tripod Weekend: Includes raising the famous Nenana Tripod, Native dancers, sled dog races and more, in Nenana, 60 miles south of Fairbanks. 907-382-5446
Midnight Sun Baseball Game: The Alaska Goldpanners baseball team, which has produced several major league players, play a night game with no artificial lights. 907-451-0095
Summer Fine Arts Camp: Visual and performing arts camp for junior and senior high school students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. 907-474-6837
Yukon 800 Boat Race: High speed 800-mile riverboat race from Fairbanks to Galena and back on the Chena, Tanana and Yukon Rivers – usually held on the solstice weekend. 907-488-4627
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival: Workshops and concerts with guest musicians from around the country. 907-474-8869
Golden Days: A celebration of the discovery of gold in Fairbanks in 1902 featuring parades, races and more. 907-458-1105
World Eskimo-Indian Olympics: Alaskan Natives gather to compete in traditional athletic competitions, games and dances. 907-452-6646
Tanana Valley State Fair: Alaska’s oldest fair features huge cabbages, rodeo, entertainment and much more! 907-452-3750
Equinox Marathon: A tough, hilly marathon and relay through wooded trails. 907-458-8351
Haybale Cani-Cross Trail Race: A 6km run with your Dog! www.sleddog.org
Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic: A high-speed race where snowmachines pull skiers on a 5.5 mile course. 907-456-2626
Athabascan Fiddling Festival: This festival features traditional Athabascan Indian fiddling and dancing. 907-452-1825
Fairbanks Holiday Marketplace: A one-stop Christmas shopping extravaganza with over 175 booths offering a wide assortment of arts, crafts and Native Alaskan treasures. 907-474-9082
Top of the World Classic: Division 1 Basketball teams from top national universities compete. 907-474-6830
Candle Lighting Service: Celebrate the Christmas Season at the North Pole – ten miles from Fairbanks. 907-488-2242
Winter Solstice Celebration: Celebrate the shortest day of the year with winter fun downtown. 907-452-8671