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Old 11-20-2009, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by ReluctantGardenStater View Post
I have some time off in January and I'm taking a few trips. The second one will be to Fairbanks, Alaska.

What are some good places to see in the Fairbanks area, both man-made and natural? I would like to see a fair bit of nature for enjoyment and photography opportunities, and of course the northern lights, but I'm not really up for anything overly physical (5 mile hikes and such). I originally wanted my first trip to Alaska to be a great deal longer and I wanted to cover Fairbanks, Anchorage, Denali national park, the fjords national park, Mt. McKinley, etc., but this is too good an opportunity to pass up and I realize I will have to leave a lot out.

I've already looked into the hot springs, the dogsled tour, etc. I'm on a bit of a budget and any help that can be provided would be greatly appreciated. Sites, restaurants, attractions, transportation to some of the beautiful natural areas, etc.

Thank you!
Here is my short list for January visits:

1. Chena Hot Springs resort; sit in the hot tub outdoors with your head freezing and your butt boiling; do get out at least once and roll in the snow, jump back in; NOT TO BE MISSED;
2. May not see the Aurora Borealis in January; usually the lights are strongest and most visible around the Equinoxes: March 21, September 21; but if they do shine, you will enjoy an amazing display;
3. Go watch an ice hockey game; University of Alaska, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, or high school (West Valley or Lathrop);
4. University of Alaska Museum;
5. Creamer's Field; they have walking trails and you may see moose; most of the birds will have fled south, but there are some hardy natives including ravens and Boreal chickadees;
6. Out in Fox there is a brewery, forgot the name, but they serve a good selection of their own brews and great food; I think it is called Silver Gulch;
7. Restaurants? Try Pike's Landing, Food Factory, the Bakery, and Sourdough Sam's, all local joints, not franchises or chain-run;
8. Big Ray's, downtown Fairbanks. Maybe you are not interested in shopping for winter clothes, but still an interesting place to peruse; they specialise in winter clothing for which Carhartt is the brand of choice. Carhartt is to Alaska what Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, and etc. are to the hi-so's around the world.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:55 PM
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Chena Pump House, Family Restaurant, drive down to Nenana and stop in at the Monderossa.
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