- Published on Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Alaska’s vast Interior offers plenty of choices for everyone
Extremes define Alaska’s Interior. In Fairbanks, we plug in cars to keep the engines warm when temperatures plunge to minus 62. Even then, we turn cold noses skyward to watch the aurora. To offset winter’s darkness we play all summer under the blazing Midnight Sun. Sometimes we forget to sleep.
The frontier spirit is alive and well in and around Fairbanks, the “Golden Heart City.” Soak in hot springs, pan for gold, shop for Native arts, mush a dog team or visit a museum. Participate in annual events that pit man against nature. You’re sure to meet Alaskans you won’t forget.
Explore Denali National Park and Preserve, home to Mount McKinley, the nation’s tallest peak. Take a road trip across the rugged Denali Highway for sweeping views of the Alaska Range. From its tallest summit to its lowland creeks, Alaska’s Interior captivates all who seek adventure.
Chena Hot Springs Resort: Authentic Alaskan year-round 100+ year old hot springs resort. 80 lodge rooms. Full service Restaurant/Lounge. Natural outdoor adult rock lake (ages 18+), indoor family pool. Aurora Ice Museum. Aurora viewing tours. Dog kennel rides. Massage therapy. Hair salon. Activities galore.
907-451-8104 • www.chenahotsprings.com
Denali River Cabins & Cedars Lodge: Comfortable, affordable cabins and hotel rooms. First pick-up point for the Kantishna Wilderness Trails, a fully narrated bus excursion through Denali National Park to the historic Kantishna mining district, with activities and lunch at the Kantishna Roadhouse.
Hampton Inn & Suites: Your visit to the Golden Heart City would be incomplete without experiencing the Hamptonality of our completely smoke-free hotel. Great service, clean rooms and comfortable surroundings, every time. That’s our promise and your guarantee. We also offer a complimentary airport shuttle!
800-426-7866 • www.fairbankssuites.hamptoninn.com
Matanuska Lodge: Luxury and comfort await you in this boutique log home environment. Gourmet dinners as well as complete breakfasts are created around your personal requests. Hiking, ice climbing and rafting are all available. Enjoy the hot tub and sauna as well as the game room.
907- 746-0378 • www.matanuskalodge.com
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge: We invite you to relax next to the 46-foot river rock fireplace in the grand lobby. Enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. McKinley from your room, dining areas or the large outdoor deck. Dine on the award- winning cuisine featuring fresh Alaska seafood and an extensive wine list.
877-777-4067 • www.talkeetnalodge.com
The Lodge at Black Rapids: A unique Alaskan property that combines accessibility with unspoiled wilderness in the heart of the Alaska Range. The Lodge at Black Rapids promises the outdoor enthusiasts everything they hope to experience—glaciers, mountains, wildlife in a fresh, clean environment.
907-388-8391 • www.lodgeatblackrapids.com
Wedgewood Resort: provides much more than a standard hotel stay. There is so much to do here, plus it’s one of the most beautiful locations in Fairbanks. Featuring a wildlife sanctuary, a bird observatory, and the must see Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.
800-528-4916 • www.fountainheadhotels.com
Alaskan Tails of the Trail: Near Fairbanks, enjoy a personal home visit with Mary Shields, her huskies and learn of over 40 years of the mushing life. Snack on fresh baked treats in the cabin while hearing about Siberia, Iditarod and Alaskan wilderness traveling.
907-455-6469 • www.maryshields.com
Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost: A resort in the center of Chicken with a clean RV park, rooms & cabins, showers, café serving homemade entrées, espresso/ice cream bar, great gift shop and gallery, gold panning, recreational mining, historical dredge tours, river trips, WiFi , and genuine Alaskan hospitality.
520-413-1480, 907-235-6396 • www.chickengold.com
Friends of Creamer’s Field: offers programs and events all year at the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. The trails are always open and groomed in winter for multi-use. The Farmhouse Visitor Center and Gift Shop is open daily. Free guided nature walks are available June-August on weekdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.
907-452-5162 • www.creamersfield.org
North Star Golf Club: America’s Northernmost USGA course. They rent clubs and offer a visitors special with everything you need to enjoy a 9- or 18-hole round during the day or under the Midnight Sun. They also offer a certificate of play, driving range, snack bar, beer and wine and shop with logoed apparel and gifts.
907-457-4653 • www.northstargolf.com
Pioneer Air Museum: A small museum with lots of history. Early Arctic aviation, WWII, cold-weather test and lend lease. 8000 A/C to Russia, Will Rogers/Wile Post. Sir Hubert Wilkens/Ben Eielson Pt Barrow-Spitsbergen 1928. Located in Pioneer Park, Fairbanks.
907-451-0037 • www.pioneerairmuseum.org
Pioneer Museum: Emphasizes early 20th century Alaskan settlement. The Big Stampede Show, &1 million in paintings by “Rusty” Heurlin, illustrates the hardships endured by stampeders to the Klondike and Fairbanks fold fields. Small admission fee.
907-456-8579 • www.explorealaska.com
Warbelow’s Air Ventures: With a half century of Alaska flying experience and hospitality, Warbelow’s takes you past the end of the road. Visit where few go, and true Alaskans love. Daily, year- round tours and scheduled flights to 20 remote tribal villages. The Polar Bear Expedition offers guaranteed sightings or a full refund.
907-347-4087 • www.warbelows.com
McCafferty’s, A Coffee House, Etc: has great coffee freshly roasted on site, offering versatile live music for the whole family. Come see the cozy atmosphere - each corner has its own vibe. Customers try each spot “Goldilocks style” until they find a favorite choice of seating. We invite you to find your spot and return to it often.
Alaska Dog Mushers Association: hosts the GCI Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race in March. The world’s fastest mushers race 70 miles, over three days, starting and finishing in downtown Fairbanks. It’s held the third weekend in March every year, so set you calendar for March 16-18, 2012 for the 67th annual event.
907-457-6874 • www.sleddog.org
Arthritis Foundation: Going local is always a great way to really support your community and the Arthritis Foundation. Join in the July 7th Jingle in July! A Jingle Bell Run/Walk in North Pole just outside of Fairbanks or join us in Anchorage to raise awareness. Both events raise funds and increases awareness. Register at: www.jingleinjuly.com
www.anchoragejinglebellrun.com • 866-997-2784
Christian Motorcyclists Association: Our vision is: “Changing the World, One Heart at a Time”. We do that with our love for the Lord and motorcycles in the Farthest North, Christian Motorcyclists Chapter in the World, Arctic Servants, “God’s Frozen Chosen” in Fairbanks, Alaska! State Rally--July 6-8th, 2012 in Anchorage, AK.
Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow: A traditional powwow held annually to bring the community together to celebrate life through drum, song and dance. They invite everyone to join them July 13-15, 2012 in Fairbanks. What a great way to experience the local culture first hand.
Adamas Jewelry Company: out of Fairbanks designs and manufactures a unique selection of hand-crafted jewelry in gold, platinum, Alaskan gold nugget and sterling silver, and offers spectacular Canadian diamonds. They are open year-round and also offer original designs made with gold nuggets from the heart of Alaska.
907-455-6055 • www.alaskasgold.com
Alaska Public Lands Information Center: Located in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in downtown Fairbanks. Learn about the recreational opportunities that exist on Alaska’s public lands. Pick up free trip-planning resources and attend daily films on Alaska’s natural and cultural history. Open year-round.
907-459-3730 • www.alaskacenters.gov
Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau: Located inside the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center in downtown Fairbanks. The Bureau has knowledgeable and friendly staff ready to answer your questions about planning a trip to Fairbanks or Interior Alaska. The Center offers racks of informative brochures, world-class exhibits, daily films, WiFi and Internet access.
800-327-5774 • www.explorefairbanks.com