Fairbanks Is Just A "Day Trip" Away

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There is a lot to do while your there...

Since we are only 2 hours away from Fairbanks, a lot of our guests make it their "day trip"

There is so much to see and do.  You can easily make a day of it.  Plus with the long summer days you will have plenty of time to see the sights and be back here to lay your head and sleep.

Here are the number of daylight hours and the months of the year that you can have to enjoy the sights...

Jan 4:00 Feb 6:55 Mar 10:07 Apr 13:35 May 17:01 Jun 20:33 Jul 21:25 Aug 18:11 Sep14:39 Oct 11:19 Nov 7:51 Dec 4:43

As you can see May-Jun-Jul-Aug have between 15-21 hours of daylight.  Makes one feel as if they have an extended vacation.

June & July having over 20 hours of "midnight sun"

Here is our "Top 10" list of things to do in Fairbanks

(not in any particular order, so please find what you like after reading all ten)

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Make sure to check out Mary Shields video from our DVD loan Library.  You'll see her taking care of her dogs and share in her Alaskan lifestyle- the loving relationship between musher and dogs shines through out this film.   Mary's faithful friends.

 #1  Alaskan Trail of The Trail w/ Mary Shields- Mary Shields- Dog Musher and the 1st woman to win the Iditarod race in 1974. A trail that spans from Anchorage to Nome- some 1,100 miles.  (Check out our Iditarod article) Here you can visit her Alaskan Huskies- Her Mushing Dogs.  It's in the form of a 2 hour tour with starting times of 10A-2P-and 7:30P Make sure to reserve your spot- it's on a first come first serve basis and group size is limited.  Prices- Adult $35.00 and Children under 12 $25.00

#2 Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum- This 1.5 hour guided tour takes you over 30,000 sq ft.  Guys if you like Vintage cars-55 American made Antique Automobiles- this is a must see- and ladies they also pair Vintage Dresses along side the cars- so you will enjoy it too. It's called Vintage Treads & Threads  It is fee based- but well worth the cost and visit.   Ages 13 and Above $8  Ages 3-12 $5  2 and under FREE. 

Summer Hours - Summer Hours begin Mid-May 2013 Sun - Fri - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Winter Hours - Sundays only Noon to 6 p.m.

#3 Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center-Open 7 Days A Week Year-Round Winter: 8am-5pm • Summer: 8am-9pm and it is FREE.  This is a great way to spend a day- they are walking distance from downtown Fairbanks, they offer a theater, video nook, computer access (to check your emails) public phones and lockers if you want to keep your stuff till you come back from your walk downtown.  It's an interactive experience.

Opened in September 2009, their exhibits are getting rave review and comments from visitors. When you go you will get to experience how we live. Three life-sized dioramas. A display of a fish camp and a stunning view of Nuchalawoyya—the place where the Yukon and Tanana rivers meet. A grizzly digs for ground squirrels, and a hunting camp shows the connection we have with the land. Visitors view the winter diorama from inside the warmth of a public use cabin. Outside, northern lights dance across the sky, while a moose peers through the window. Finish off your experience in the Elder’s hall where you can learn about Athabascan culture and view historic and contemporary art and tools.

#4 University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North- Make this day trip one of education. They offer a lot of exhibits where you will learn the history and culture of Alaska.

Summer Hours   May 15 - September 15, 2012 Daily 9 AM - 7 PM

Admission $10 general admission $9 senior (60+) $5 youth (7-17)  Movie Ticket: $5 / Audio Guide: $4

#5 The Aurora Ice Museum-Fairbanks is the capital of ice art in the world and home to the World Ice Art Championships-The Ice Hotel - well, talk about FUN.. over 10,000 visitors tour it each summer.  Was the first of it's kind in the United States and one of just a handful world wide.  You want to be mesmerized? It features 15 time World Ice Art Champion Steve Brice and his wife, Heather, a six time World Ice Art Champion as most of the features sculpted. Get a taste at Google Images and see for yourself.  Daily tours 11a-1p-3p-5p-7p-and 9p (9p not available year round)  Adults $15 (ages 18 +)  Youth $7.50 (ages 6-17) and Kids are FREE (ages 5 and under)

#6 Running Reindeer Ranch-  By appointment only- a guided nature walk in the boreal forest. There you will learn about the natural history of the forest as well as the reindeer themselves.Bring your cameras and expect the unexpected! $35/person, $20/children 3-12, under 3 free. All children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Two person or $70 minimum.

#7 Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge - Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,000 acre refuge on the site of the historic Creamer's Dairy in Fairbanks, Alaska. The refuge has miles of multi-use trails that are open year round and it is an excellent location for bird watching and wildlife viewing. Longest trail 2 miles. The Farmhouse Visitor Center is open daily in the summer from 10 - 5 and on Saturdays in the winter from Noon - 4.  This activity is FREE.  Winter is Sat. only and the visitor center is not open in the winter- but you can walk the trails.

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#8 Alyeska Pipeline Visitors Center- One of the most popular tourist attractions in Alaska and it's FREE. The Alaska Pipeline was built by a cortsortium of seven oil companies. The pipe is 4 feet in diameter and 800 miles in length. Zig zag Configuration. From Valdez to Prudhoe Bay. At any one moment, there are about 9 million barrels of oil in the line. It took 3 yrs and 2 mo. to construct.

#9 Large Animal Research Station-  Summer tours for the 2013 season are offered:  Tues-Saturday June 1 - Aug 31 Starting at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. Tour Length 45-60 min. Cost: $10/person, $9/senior, $6/student and children 5 and under are free.

Gates and picnic area open from 9:30-4:00 daily during the season.  Tours meet at the front entrance fo the farm, lacated at 2220 Yankovich Rd., behind the university of Alaska Fairbanks campus.  The UAF campus shuttle runs to the farm before and after tours from the Museum of the North.   Parking is limited on site. If you choose to park on the UAF campus, the UAF Shuttle will pick up guests at the UAF Woodcenter and bring them to LARS at 9:40 am, 11:40 am, & 1:40 pm on tour days.   Call 474-5724 to schedule large groups.

Muskox are a true arctic species, living in the far north year round. Their thick layer of underwool, or qiviut, keeps them warm in the harsh cold of winter. Qiviut is softer than cashmere. It is harvested at LARS each spring and sold to be spun into yarn for knitting. Proceeds of these sales are returned to the farm for care of the animals and improvement of the facilities. Caribou and reindeer are closely related.

Caribou are the wild version of the species native to North America. There are about four million caribou on the continent of North America. Reindeer are the domesticated version of the species.

#10 Alaskaland-Pioneer Park- One could easily spend a day trip here!

 Park Office Hours  Year-Round   Monday thru Friday8am-12pm & 1pm-5pm Prices will remain the same till July 1st, 2013 (new budget year)

 Art In The Park   Bear Gallery, Gazebo Nights (June-August)

Attractions-Alaska Outdoor Rentals & Guides - Bear Gallery-Big Stampede Show-Crooked Creek Railroad-Mini-Golf -Fairbanks40 Below Fairbanks-Red & Roela's Carousel-Square Dance Hall-The Palace Theater

Museums- Alaska Native Museum-Kitty Hensley House-Pioneer Air Museum-Pioneer Museum-Riverboat Nenana-Tanana Valley Railroad Museum-Wickersham House.

Restaurants- Alaskan Salmon Bake-Bulgolgi House- Frosty Paws-Gold Rush Ice Cream- ParlourSouvlaki-The Bag Ladies of Fairbanks

Shops- Betsy's Photography-Bush Babies-Bush Babies Too-CHARMS by CJ-Fairbanks Arts Association-Just Originals

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