Visiting Fairbanks

There are many amazing things to do, beautiful places to see, and historical locations to admire while visiting Fairbanks. For many ideas, please visit Explore Fairbanks Travel Page.

Here are some links and information that we think will be helpful in planning cultural, sightseeing, and outdoor excursions around Fairbanks. Check back from time to time as we will continue to add links.

General Interest

The World Ice Art Championships are held in Fairbanks February 17th through March 31st. Take a break from sessions to see these beautiful pieces of ice art at the Tanana State Fairgrounds!

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Visit University of Alaska’s Museum of the North to explore beautiful and education exhibits and artwork or stop by “The Place Where You Go to Listen” for a unique visual and auditory representation of the Earth’s movements and sounds.

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Craving Thai food? Get your fix in Fairbanks! With over 20 Thai restaurants, you haven’t really visited Fairbanks until you’ve eaten Thai food.

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Soak in natural hot springs, tour the Ice Museum, explore cross-country ski trails, or go on a dogsled ride out at Chena Hot Springs Resort. Note that we are offering a field trip on Friday March, 31 that you can sign up for during registration.

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Wildlife Viewing

Creamers Field is a migratory waterfowl refuge, critical to many migratory birds in the spring, summer, and fall. Even though there is snow on the ground, there’s still ample opportunity to view wildlife at the refuge among the many maintained trails. In addition to attracting birds to its forests and fields, Creamer’s Refuge also appeals to many other types of wildlife. While walking along one of the nature trails, visitors may spot a moose meandering through a birch stand, a snowshoe hare nibbling on willows, a squirrel chattering from the limb of a spruce tree, or a red fox pouncing on voles at the field’s edge.


Bring your skis and take advantage of the increasing daylight to hit the ski trails after sessions!

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Birch Hill is a popular area with maintained and lighted trails, just a short drive from the Westmark.

Creamers Field is another popular area to ski with trails through the waterfowl refuge. A winter guide with a map of ski and mushing trails is available at the Visitor Center.