Fairbanks Journals

Alaska's Interior Region

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A March 2007 trip to Fairbanks by MilwVon

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Quote: There is so much to see and do in Alaska's Interior Region. This journal features several of the things I did during my week.

Fairbanks – The Hub of the Interior

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7 Gables Inn & Suites Photo, Fairbanks, Alaska
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Fairbanks is located in the interior region of Alaska, approximately 350 miles north of Anchorage. By air, the trip is just under an hour and is accessible on Alaskan Airlines. Considering the general remoteness of this area, Fairbanks is quite the bustling little city. There is also a University of Alaska campus here, where some of the leading geophysical research is taking place. Due to the close proximity to the Arctic Circle, there are several observatories and research centers studying the natural phenomenon known as the northern lights. It was these same northern lights that brought me to Fairbanks in the winter!March is a wonderful time of the year to visit Fairbanks. Not only is it one...Read More
Arrived! Photo,
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The Northern Alaska Tour Company (www.northernalaska.com) is a full service, year-round tour operator with ground and air adventures to meet the needs of all visitors of varying interests and skills. I was very happy to find them through the Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau website (www.explorefairbanks.com).Guests meet at their office out by the airport around 6:15am for a 6:30am departure. Because of the nature of the tour, we were encouraged to bring our own snacks, lunch and beverages, since opportunities to stop in the arctic during the dead of winter were limited. With our group of n...Read More

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline

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AK Pipeline Into The Ground Photo,
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During my Fairbanks adventure week, I really wanted to be able to see the oil pipeline that runs north to south, crossing over three mountain ranges in the vast wilderness that is Alaska. There are two places near Fairbanks where visitors can see and learn more about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The first is about eight miles north of Fairbanks on the Steese Highway in Fox. Here there is a visitor center with guided tours available. The other is at Pump Station #9 near Delta Junction, approximately 100 miles from Fairbanks down the Richardson Hwy, where hour-long tours are provided by employees. Unfortunately, both of these locations are only open to visitors’ tours during the summer months. You need to...Read More

Chena Hot Springs Resort

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Arriving at Chena Hot Springs Resort Photo,
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Chena Hot Springs is located approximately 60 miles from Fairbanks and was founded over 100 years by prospectors who came here to ease the pain of their arthritis and other ailments. At the time that the geothermal hot springs were discovered on Monument Creek in 1905, I’m sure they had no idea what would become of their little hidden discovery. By 1911 a regular little community was developing that included a stable, several cabins and a bath house. Today, Chena Hot Springs Resort has become a well known destination to Alaskans and international travelers alike, encompassing 440 acres within the Alaskan Interior wilderness. In addition to the main lodge (Moose Lodge), there are rustic cabins, primiti...Read More

Two 'Must-See' Gift Shops

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Knotty Shop Photo,
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Before leaving Alaska’s Interior Region, I wanted to be sure to make the side trip over to North Pole, Alaska. The small village located approximately 20 minutes from Fairbanks is most known for Santa Claus House, a tribute to and celebration of Christmas year-round. What started as a holiday celebration by Con and Nellie Miller in 1950, the trading post subsequently built in 1952 formally became Santa Claus House. Since that time, holiday cheer has been shared and spread throughout the year as a family tradition. Hundreds of thousands of children have written Santa and received personalized responses post marked from the North Pole, Alaska. Since 1952, there has been over one million letters sent fro...Read More