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“Fantastic Fun in Fairbanks!”
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Atlanta, GA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
“Fantastic Fun in Fairbanks!”
Reviewed 9 October 2010

Although Fairbanks is not usually the first city that comes to mind when one thinks of vacation spots - .it can be an amazing adventure! For a small town there SO MANY things to see and do , , museums, parks, wildlife, unique restaurants and Santa Claus! From moose sightings to reindeer sausage, from 20 degrees below zero to sunshine 24 hours-a-day, from festivals to flowers . . . my summer vacation in Fairbanks was one of the best vacations I've ever taken.

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1 Thank AJMahle
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
74 helpful votes
“35 years and still a GREAT City with GREAT People”
Reviewed 26 September 2010

Early Autumn in Fairbanks is fantastic! As long as you get there before September 15th! No Crowds no waiting and if you have to wait, the sceneary is worth the trip alone: Get outside on a clear night and watch the Northern Lights and on a clear day look to the Southwest and see Mount McKinley (120 miles away). Go to Chena Hot Springs and visit the "Ice Museum" with its Ice Outhouse and bar and view Moose along the way. Visit a Gold Mine or Pioneer Park. The University of Alaska's Museum of the North is nice and get up close and personal with Musk-Ox and Caribou raised right on campus.

Its been 35 years since I was stationed at Fort Wainwright but, it was a great homecoming and worth the wait!

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2 Thank danheibler
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Fairbanks, Alaska
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
“Tanana Chief river boat”
Reviewed 12 July 2010

We took a dinner cruise on the Tanana Chief river boat. It was a lot smaller and more intimate than the Riverboat Discovery. The dinner is served buffet style and there is more than enough food. The food was really good and the atmosphere was awesome- very relaxing. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the boat and the surrounding area, though there is no formal program or tour guide (which I actually prefer). I would definitely recommend this dinner cruise to any tourist or local, it was a great time.

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Grinnell, Iowa
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
23 helpful votes
“Friendly city”
Reviewed 18 June 2010

We spent 2 days in Fairbanks at the beginning of a two week vacation. We didn't have much planned because we wanted a chance to rest after the flight. Right away we noticed that Fairbanks is the friendliest place we have seen. Everyone spoke to us pleasantly and a woman gave us a ride back to the hotel when we were leaving the grocery store with packages. We didn't really see much of downtown and from the little we did see it wasn't too attractive. We spent Memorial Day at Pioneer park and had a great time celebrating with the locals and tourists alike.

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Southern Calif
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
38 helpful votes
“36 hours in Fairbanks”
Reviewed 13 June 2010

Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska. Downtown is small, but there are sights to see. The beautiful new visitors center (walking distance downtown on the river walk) is beautiful and interesting, Hot Licks ice cream at Cafe Expresso is a treat on a hot (for Alaska) day. Do not miss the Museum of the North, which is on the University campus. The building and the contents are delights to see. On a clear day you can see Denali (Mt. McKinley) from the campus, but we had clouds.

The Riverboat Discovery tour was a leisurely and informative way to spend an afternoon. Highly recommend it.

We ended one day with the Salmon Bake and Palace Theatre tour. The food was very tasty (esp the deep fried halibut) -- but a warning if there is rain: the Bake is partially outside as you get your food in a line; you do eat inside. The Palace Theatre show was enjoyable; the cast had good voices and the skits were fun.

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