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Welcome to Fairbanks, Alaska! In a time when uncertainty and change seem to dominate our days, we can all rest assured the sun will keep rising, the snow will keep falling and the aurora borealis will keep weaving its way across the sky. Fairbanks’ latitude on the globe makes it one of the best places on earth to see the captivating light of the aurora borealis, view incredible outdoor ice sculptures and experience the exhilarating sport of dog mushing.

In Fairbanks, travelers can see how nature rules and people thrive in our little river city deep in the wilds of pristine Alaska. Challenge the snowcapped hills or birch-laden trails, mush a team of huskies across the wilderness and see two-ton blocks of ice being turned into works of art. Journey above the Arctic Circle, visit Santa in North Pole or discover the warmth of an Alaska hot spring at the end of an adventure-filled day. Use this Winter Guide to plan an unforgettable winter expedition in this sparkling land of ice and snow.

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This surprising trio of events makes the winter season a travelers’ snowy paradise. Winter brings a multitude of cool activities and adventures. Skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, curling and ice hockey abound.


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What’s the Weather Like?................. 20

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Scan the code and check out the Explore Fairbanks tried and true Aurora Tracker! Utilizing data from the Geophysical Institute, the Aurora Tracker offers real-time and three-day forecasts based on current aurora activity, weather and amount of daylight.

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Traveling in the Time of COVID-19

Visit Explore Fairbanks’ website for a current “Open for Business” list, including their steps taken to help travelers have a safe experience. Keep track of the State of Alaska’s travel requirements on the government site, sanitize your hands, practice social distancing and don a mask. With careful planning and testing, responsible travelers can embark on a journey to the land of the aurora borealis and winter adventures. Or sit tight and savor a virtual view of what Fairbanks has to offer via Explore Fairbanks’ online videos and 360-degree content and imagine yourself here until traveling becomes more amenable again. Heralding the lowest population density in the United States of America, here a modicum of social distancing has long been a way of life. In Alaska’s Interior and far north, the buffer between you and the next person was substantial

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Fairbanks is a COVID-19 conscientious community. As guests prepare to travel to Fairbanks, we appreciate that they do so in a responsible manner. Please familiarize yourself with and adhere to state regulations and local guidelines so that we can all stay safe together. Fairbanks businesses are doing their part to try to keep travelers, staff and the local community safe. There are many outdoor and/or spacious venues, activities, attractions, tours and eating and drinking establishments that have thoughtfully re-opened.

prior to COVID-19, so adding a foot or two to get to six feet apart has been quite manageable. Many of the winter activities and adventures Fairbanks offers are relatively agreeable in regard to COVID-19. It is reasonably easy to social distance while chasing the northern lights, dog mushing and viewing ice sculptures. Fairbanks is a world-famous aurora viewing destination because of its location directly under the “Auroral Oval” where northern lights activity is concentrated. Spanning all four seasons and nine months of the year, Aurora Season in Fairbanks runs August 21 through April 21. Luckily, natural phenomena are unscathed by viruses and local businesses that specialize in chasing the aurora have developed ways to safely assist visitors in this pursuit. Enjoy the wide-open outdoors by dog mushing, snowshoeing, fat tire bike riding, skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and more during our dazzling winter season. Know Before You Go Check out these resources prior to visiting in order to travel responsibly. Travel restrictions and guidelines are subject to change. State of Alaska Travel Mandates: www.covid19.alaska.gov/travelers Explore Fairbanks: www.explorefairbanks.com/covid19

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Not only beautiful but informative, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center is loaded with brochures, maps of all kinds, walking and driving tours, Wi-Fi and Internet access. Serving as the regional visitor facility, friendly and knowledgeable staff have answers to your questions. A 9,000 square foot portal into life in the far north, the exhibition space has outstanding displays and dioramas about Interior Alaska’s people, wildlife, landscapes and seasons. In addition to the exhibits, the outdoor excursion trip planning area and the Alaska Geographic Store will also have open hours this winter. Explore the grounds and find colorful Athabascan flower mosaics, an antler arch and a classic 100-year-old log cabin. The center is home to Explore Fairbanks, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, Alaska Geographic Store and Denakkanaaga. For More Information Toll-free 1-800-327-5774 to request information or a free Visitors Guide (907) 456-5774 for travel information

Schedule and Location

Schedule is subject to change 101 Dunkel Street in Downtown Fairbanks Open 7 days a week year-round Winter Hours: 8am – 5pm daily, October through April

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Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

While health protocols and schedules are subject to change, the center has implemented COVID-19 safety precautions, including mandatory mask wearing, hand sanitizing stations and social distancing.

www.explorefairbanks.com info@explorefairbanks.com

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

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World Famous Aurora Viewing Cross “See the northern lights” off your bucket list. Fairbanks’ renowned aurora viewing lures people from all over the world during the Aurora Season from August 21 to April 21. The River City’s location is ideal for northern lights viewing because it is directly under the “Auroral Oval”—a ring-shaped zone over the far north where aurora activity is concentrated. Additionally, low precipitation in Fairbanks contributes to consistently clear nights and low population density contributes to less light pollution which means darker skies. All combined, these factors make the Fairbanks region an outstanding destination for potential aurora viewing. Drive to a nearby vantage point and wait for the northern lights to appear. You can also arrange to view them from a heated “aurorium” cabin or lodge, on a dog sled adventure, by snow cat tour or on a flight above the Arctic Circle. Winter activities that have recently been paired with aurora viewing include ice fishing and snowmobiling. Ask your hotel front desk if they offer a wake-up call when the northern lights are out. No guarantees, but the longer you’re here, the better your chances of seeing a great show. View the aurora and take home your personalized Aurora Certificate available from tour operators and Explore Fairbanks staff at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

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Some aurora facts include: • Intensity varies daily, with the best displays from late evening to early morning hours. • If you are actively out during the evening hours the aurora is visible an average of four out of five nights in the Fairbanks area when the sky is clear and dark enough. • Auroras range in color; including shades of green, yellow, magenta, blue and red. • Fairbanks weather is better for aurora viewing than coastal locations because there is less precipitation in Alaska’s Interior. • A full moon does not obscure the aurora, it enhances the contrast between the ground and the sky.


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Quick Tips for Photographing the Northern Lights Follow these tips to capture the dancing lights and you’ll be able to show the folks back home! You can also sign up for an aurora photography tour and learn from the experts. • Locate a dark area with minimal • Manually set your camera on its highest light pollution. Point your camera to ISO setting, widest focal point and the northern sky and compose your lowest aperture. Expose each shot for medium-distance foreground with a approximately 5 to 10 seconds. Longer fixed object such as trees, hills or a exposures will result in brighter images, cabin. On nights when the moon is but stars will streak and the aurora bright, take advantage of the light cast will soften. Short exposures may have on the ground and other objects. sharper detail, but dimmer images. • Every aurora and camera is distinctive, so experiment with different settings and exposure times to get the best shot. Review your shots and adjust the settings as needed.

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• Use a digital camera with manual settings and a solid tripod. Bring extra camera batteries, a flashlight and dress for extended periods outdoors.

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Winter Activities and Adventures

Puppy Love

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Alaska’s sled dogs will win your heart. Fairbanks’ four-legged athletes love to run and accessing Alaska’s state sport—dog mushing— has never been easier. There are tours at working kennels where you can meet the dogs and hear captivating tales from veteran mushers. Try a 30-minute ride in the basket or learn to drive your own team at a halfday mushing school. You can even fly to a remote lodge and “mush” your team on a guided tour. For current information on local sled dog races, including the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and the Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race, visit the Alaska Dog Mushers Association at www.alaskadogmushers.com or the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race at www.yukonquest.com.

Snowmobile Into the Wild

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Get off the beaten path. Hit the gas and ride into Alaska’s spectacular winter wonderland. Snowmobiling, or “snowmachining” as it is most often referred to in Alaska, is one of the easiest ways to get into the wild areas surrounding Fairbanks. Get a local guide to outfit you, show you the ropes and take you on an exciting yet accessible ride into the back country.

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Dazzling Ice Sculptures

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Watch incredible artworks emerge from two-ton blocks of ice. In Fairbanks, ice art is not only remarkable, but commonplace during winter months with sculptures found all around town. The ice is harvested by forklift from local ponds and artists create brilliant sculptures with chain saws and specialized ice carving tools. There are ice museums and local ice events where you can frolic in playgrounds made of ice, skate on all-natural ice rinks and crawl through ice mazes. The World Ice Art Championships, www.icealaska.org, held late February through March, is one of the largest ice art exhibitions in the world. Another ice event in Fairbanks is the International Ice Art Classic, www.iceartpark.com, that also features numerous ice sculptures. Ice art sculptures vary every year and never cease to capture both the mind and the imagination.

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Alaska Fishing & Raft Adventures

Drill down into clear lake ice that can be up to four feet thick, craft the hole, drop your line and presto! It’s dinnertime! Your fishing guide will help you catch that chinook or coho salmon, arctic char, or rainbow trout. Some outfitters will prepare your freshly caught fish in an ice hut on a frozen lake. Combine ice fishing with snowmobiling or aurora watching for a perfect winter expedition!

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Winter Destinations Nearby

Peak Altitude 20,310 ft

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Denali, pinnacle of the Alaska Range, is the tallest mountain in North America. Steeped in history and glorious to view, the mountain beckons like no other. So why not visit in winter? Outfitters offer both road and air expeditions to Denali National Park year round. Once in the Park you can choose to go on a hiking, snowshoeing or skiing excursion with a local tour operator or on your own. The educational Murie Science and Learning Center is planning on opening in some capacity this winter, offering advice on how to explore the park during winter months. Mid-February, the National Park Service plans on plowing the first 12.5 miles of the Denali Park Road. An easy two-hour drive from Fairbanks, Denali National Park and Preserve covers six million acres of pure wilderness. For current information call (907) 683-9532 or go to nps.gov/dena.

Soak Away Your Worries

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Imagine yourself floating in a world-class hot spring…the crisp winter air, the swirling northern lights above, your hair freezing in wild and wonderful ways. Let healing, mineralrich springs relax your body and warm your soul. Chena Hot Springs is the largest and most accessible hot spring in Alaska and is just 60 miles (96 Km) from Fairbanks. Rejuvenate in the marvelous 106o F natural rock lake and enjoy the many other adventures and amenities available at the resort. 8

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Cross the Arctic Circle

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The Arctic Circle sparks the imagination like few other places on earth. This place that many dream about visiting is 195 road miles (315 Km) or 140 air miles (225 Km), north of Fairbanks. Tour with a guide via van, motor coach or plane up the Dalton Highway and cross over that invisible line. Hike across the tundra, see the mighty Yukon River and spot a caribou, muskox or arctic fox and scan the night sky for the aurora borealis. Discover the enchanted treeless Arctic plain or walk the frozen shores of the Arctic Ocean at the northernmost point in the United States. After your journey through miles and miles of wilderness, return to the Morris Thompson Center in Fairbanks to get your official Arctic Circle Certificate. Driving the Dalton Highway on your own is only recommended if you rent a vehicle that is properly equipped with four-wheel drive, snow tires, spare tires, a CB radio and emergency supplies.

North Pole, Alaska, captures the spirit of Christmas. Take a delightful drive along snowy Santa Claus Lane and admire the streetlights decorated in candy cane motifs. Check who’s on your list and browse holiday-inspired gifts for the naughty and nice at the Santa Claus House. Embrace the season and post a charming letter from Santa with an authentic North Pole postmark. Just a short 20-minute drive from Fairbanks, North Pole—“where the spirit of Christmas lives year-round”— will leave you whistling your favorite holiday tune.

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Santa Claus Lane

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Arts, Culture and Events Inspiring Arts and Entertainment Amy Reed Geiger/Explore Fairbanks

A thriving arts scene may be your biggest surprise when you come to Fairbanks. Many talented illustrators, authors, artists and musicians call Fairbanks home and you’ll find their work proudly presented all around town. Galleries, museums and specialty stores are venues for local photographers, painters, jewelers, sculptors and more, offering one-of-a-kind works of art for sale. Find that perfect made-in-Alaska keepsake to help you remember your trip of a lifetime. If it’s the culinary arts you are after Fairbanks is sure to please. The area boasts four breweries, four distilleries and an excellent selection of eateries including over 20 Thai restaurants.

Alaska Native Arts and Culture Sherman Hogue/Explore Fairbanks

Fairbanks is home to a rich tapestry of indigenous cultures. Alaska’s Native heritage comes to life through handmade beadwork, intricate ivory and bone carvings, dolls and skin sewing, birch, caribou skin and driftwood masks and spruce root and grass baskets. All of these traditional arts are still popular today and you can find them on display and for sale throughout the community. Alaska Native artists offers a link to the past as well as a bridge to the future.

Indoor Activities and Attractions

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While your evenings might be spent scanning the skies for the northern lights, plan to spend part of your days indoors! Local shops, art galleries and museums are open for business and doing their part to keep guests, staff and the local community safe. Museums tell fascinating stories about Fairbanks’ pioneer and gold rush past, antique automobile and early aviation, the raucous pipeline days and thousands of years of cultural heritage and natural history. Visit www.explorefairbanks.com to see who’s open and what events are taking place this winter and take in a cultural, artistic or sporting event.

Small Town, Big Events

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Indoors or out, Fairbanks’ calendar of events offers an array of engaging events. Ice sculpting competitions, sled dog races, hockey, curling bonspiels, firework displays, winter solstice festivities and Alaska Native celebrations are all a part of Fairbanks’ vibrant Winter Season. To find out what’s happening during your time in Fairbanks, visit the online events calendar at www.explorefairbanks.com. Remember to be COVID-19 conscientious and confirm dates with the individual events you plan to attend.

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Who Offers Winter Fun? Discover what the Fairbanks region has to offer in winter then use the Winter Fun At-A-Glance grid to easily find your favorite winter activity. Schedule a snow adventure such as snowmobiling, dog mushing, snowshoeing and cross-country or downhill skiing. Try ice sculpting, ice fishing or curling. Cross the Arctic Circle, go on an aurora viewing or city tour, walk with reindeer, go flightseeing or soak in a natural hot spring. Take it indoors and visit a local eatery, do some shopping or marvel at a museum. Want to rent clothing or gear? You’ll find that too! Now, go plan some winter fun!

Fairbanks 1st Alaska Tours

2240 Hanson Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 590-5900 info@1stalaskatours.com, www.1stalaskatours.com Exciting tours of Fairbanks year-round. See Arctic Circle, hot springs, aurora, dog sleds and more!

2 Street Gallery, LLC

535 2nd Ave, Ste 102, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 455-4070 2stgallery@gmail.com, www.twostreetgallery.com A fine art gallery with gifts by local Alaskan artists; always an artist on duty to answer your questions.

7 Gables Inn & Suites

4312 Birch Ln, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 479-0751, Fax: (907) 479-2229 Toll Free: (800) 478-7829 gables7@alaska.net, www.7gablesinn.com Free cross-country skis, winter gear and snowshoes for our guests use. Exceptional northern lights viewing.

A Taste of Alaska Lodge

Mile 5.3 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 488-7855, Fax: (907) 488-3772 tasteak@mosquitonet.com, www.atasteofalaska.com A Taste of Alaska Lodge is 15 minutes from downtown Fairbanks and has aurora viewing for overnight guests.

A&P Tours, Inc.

430 K St, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 272-9401, Fax: (907) 272-0251 aptours@acsalaska.net, www.aptoursalaska.com We offer tours including aurora viewing and many other activities from August-May. Rent winter gear.

A+ Dog Sled Excursions & Tours

Call for directions (907) 328-8982 sleddogexcursions@gmail.com www.dogsledexcursions.com Looking for Alaska? We do customized excursions & tours for groups 1-6 people. Come ride with us!

Airlink Shuttle & Tours

1213 Dolphin Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 452-3337, Fax: (907) 452-6543 Toll Free: (855) 454-8094 jeff@airlinkalaska.com, www.airlinkalaska.com Statewide charter/tours. Local area shuttle. Quality and dependable; affordable price. Est. 1992.

Alaska Aurora Adventures

(907) 590-3229 alaskaauroraadventures@gmail.com www.alaskaauroraadventures.com Aurora viewing lodge, Arctic Circle, wildlife tours, cabins, dog mushing and private tours. Hotel transfers.

Alaska Dog Mushers Association, Inc.

Jeff Studdert Race Grounds, 935 Farmers Loop Rd (Mile 4), Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 457-6874 admacontact2018@gmail.com www.alaskadogmushers.com Open North American Sled Dog Race. The oldest and longest consecutively run sprint sled dog race in the world.

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Alaska Element

Alaska Tour Guide

Aurora Borealis Lodge

Alaska Fishing and Raft Adventures

Alaska Wilderness Enterprises, LLC

Aurora Husky Lodge

7445 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99716 (907) 488-7517, Fax: (907) 488-7517 letarte@alaska.net, www.wildernessenterprises.com Experience the real Alaska. Providing heated ice house fishing and snowmobile rides since 1979. Book today!

9605 Parks Hwy, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 631-8375 mitchi@hotmail.co.jp, www.aurorahuskylodge.com Welcome to Aurora Husky Lodge. Come and join us in our warm lodge to await the northern lights.

Alaska Grizzly Lodge

Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

Aurora Pioneer Manor

(907) 385-0583 martha@alaskaelement.com www.alaskaelement.com Gear up and get out with premium outerwear rentals for your Alaska adventure.

525 Halvorson Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709 Toll Free: (800) 819-0737 info@akrivertours.com, www.akrivertours.com Aurora viewing. Ice fishing with heated cabins; snowmobile and wilderness dog mushing. Hotel pick up! 1470 Westmoreland Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 488-7475, Fax: (907) 488-7475 akgrizzlylodge@gmail.com www.alaskagrizzlylodge.com Ideal aurora viewing. Home-cooked breakfast, wake-ups & photo help. Viewing decks, rental gear, trails nearby.

Alaska Memories Tours

(907) 888-8360 memoriestoursus@gmail.com www.alaskamemoriestours.com Top 10 tour packages: lodging at Aurora Villa, northern lights tour, Arctic Circle exploration and more.

Alaska Railroad

1031 Alaska Railroad Depot Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 265-2494, Fax: (907) 265-2323 Toll Free: (800) 544-0552 reservations@akrr.com, www.alaskarailroad.com Experience Alaska in winter from the comfort of a warm railcar. Complete travel packages available.

Alaska Raw Fur Co.

4106 Boat St, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 479-2462, Fax: (907) 479-0890 email@akrawfur.com, www.alaskarawfur.com The authentic Alaskan store—furs, gifts, fabric—best choices, quality & prices.

Alaska Safari Sultan Tours

45 Trinidad Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 378-9680 tekesman@gmail.com www.alaskaauroraviewing.com Specializing in 1-day northern lights Arctic Circle adventures. Fluent in Chinese and Japanese.

Alaska Skies Aurora Tours, LLC PO Box 81962, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 388-6052 info@alaskaskiesauroratours.com www.alaskaskiesauroratours.com Tours for your Alaskan adventure! Aurora, hot springs, dog mushing, custom tours & more! We cover all seasons!

Alaska Skylar Travel LLC

(907) 274-8884, Fax: (907) 274-1455 glenhemingson@skylartravel.com www.5ialaska.com Need Mandarin narrated tours? Contact the best Chinese tour operator for your winter and summer travel needs!

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(907) 488-2699 alaskatourguide@yahoo.com We don’t sell tours, we take you on an adventure. Tours include: aurora, Arctic Circle... and so much more.

PO Box 80961, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 455-6469, Fax: (907) 455-6469 maryshields88@gmail.com, www.maryshields.com Learn about mushing. Meet the dogs & Mary Shields, 1st woman to finish the Iditarod. Rides may be available.

Alaska-Wildlife-Guide

PO Box 55345, North Pole, AK 99705 (907) 712-4529 info@alaska-wildlife-guide.com www.alaska-wildlife-guide.com Top rated adventures! Snowmobiling, ice fishing, aurora, Arctic Circle, hot springs, dog sledding and more.

An Inn on Minnie Street

309 Erceg St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-1802, Fax: (907) 451-1751 Toll Free: (888) 456-1849 info@minniestreetbandb.com www.minniestreetbandb.com Conveniently located, well rated, w/quality rooms & suites. Able to arrange winter tours.

Arctic Dog Adventure Co.

2270 Hattie Creek Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 841-4694 lisbet@arcticdogco.com, www.arcticdogco.com Drive your own dog team! Certified ecotours. 2 hrs to 7 days. Mush Siberian Huskies to our remote aurora camp.

Arctic Harvest LLC

4753 Eielson Farm Rd, North Pole, AK 99705 (907) 460-1414 www.akgrownspirits.com Alaska grown farm distillery. Tour the field on foot or skis and warm up with cocktails in the tasting room!

Arctic Travelers Gift Shop

201 Cushman St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-7080, Fax: (907) 452-4917 arcticgifts@hotmail.com www.arctictravelersgiftshop.com The most complete gift shop in the Interior. Aurora-related gifts, ivory, t-shirts, jewelry. Open daily.

Aurora Bear - Aurora and Wildlife Photography

5465 Nepal Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 750-7572 info@aurora-bear.com, www.aurora-bear.com Learn in one evening how to take amazing aurora photos from famous professional photographer Frank Stelges! Accessible as defined by individual businesses

Cleary Summit, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 389-2812 info@auroracabin.com, www.auroracabin.com View the aurora from a handmade log lodge located atop Cleary Summit. Please check our website for openings.

(907) 456-4000 aurorapioneertours@gmail.com www.aurorapioneermanor.com Aurora Pioneer Manor offers world-class accommodations and on-site aurora viewing.

Aurora Pioneer Tours

(907) 456-4000 aurorapioneertours@gmail.com www.aurorapioneertours.com Call or check our website for more info. We offer many packages at great rates to compliment your Alaska trip.

Aurora Pointe

570 Funk Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 880-3314 info@aurorapointe.net, www.aurorapointe.net Aurora viewing 15 minutes from downtown! We are a modern facility and the premier location for aurora viewing.

Aurora Quest

Call for directions (907) 441-2080 ultimate83@live.com, www.akauroraquest.com Aurora viewing and custom winter tours with longtime AK guides; Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, Denali Park.

Aurora Villa

1110 John Kalinas Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 616-1661 myglobalusa@gmail.com, www.akauroravilla.com 5-star luxury hotel in Fairbanks with tour packages for Arctic Circle, dog mushing, city tour and more.

Bill’s Tours and Charters

(907) 460-5734 billcwilliams@acsalaska.net www.billstoursandcharters.com Aurora tours and transportation from Chena Hot Springs to Arctic Circle & more! Great rates for small groups.

Birch Hill Recreation Area and Cross Country Ski Center

101 Wilderness Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 457-4488, Fax: (907) 459-1199 parkrec@fnsb.us, fairbanksak.myrec.com 40 km of trails, ski chalet with beautiful view of the stadium, dressing and waxing rooms available.

Black Spruce Dog Sledding

(907) 371-3647 blacksprucedogsledding@gmail.com www.blacksprucedogsledding.com Scenic, interactive mushing tours with happy, friendly dogs. Hook up the team and try driving the dog sled!


Boreal Journeys Alaska

Chena Hot Springs Resort

Fairbanks Children’s Museum

Borealis Basecamp, LLC

Chena Outdoor Collective

Fairbanks Community Museum

2640 Himalaya Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 885-2845 info@borealisbasecamp.net www.borealisbasecamp.net North America’s only clear ceiling igloos for aurora viewing. Full-service restaurant. Immersive experiences.

Cafego’s Aurora View Farm B&B and Tours (907) 378-1161 tony@cafegos.org, www.cafegos.org Offering an adventure of a lifetime w/comfortable rooms, great amenities, free WiFi, breakfast and hot tub.

Carlson Center

2010 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 451-7800, Fax: (907) 451-1195 kbaysinger@fnsb.us, www.carlson-center.com Northern Alaska’s premier entertainment, sports and meeting facility. Catch the excitement!

Chandalar River Outfitters

5804 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Mile 18.6 Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 488-8402, Fax: (907) 488-8787 chandalar.ranch@gmail.com www.chandalarranchalaska.com Ice fishing for rainbow, char, grayling, salmon & pike. $175 includes license, transportation & lunch.

17600 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 451-8104, Fax: (907) 451-8151 frontdesk@chenahotsprings.com www.chenahotsprings.com 80 rooms, restaurant and bar, aurora viewing, hot springs, year-round ice museum, summer & winter activities. 7435 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 388-7666 chenaoutdoorco@gmail.com www.chenaoutdoorco.com 3-hr tours @ 9am & 2pm. 2-hr mushing demo. Gold panning. Reindeer. $75 adults, $55 kids.

Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Farmhouse Visitors Center, 1300 College Rd Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 452-5162, Fax: (907) 452-5300 director@friendsofcreamersfield.org www.friendsofcreamersfield.org Visitor Center: Saturdays, 12-4pm or by appointment. Groomed multi-use trails always open. Programs all year.

Fairbanks Arts Association

AK Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-6485 info@fairbanksarts.org, www.fairbanksarts.org Promoting contemporary & traditional arts: art exhibitions, literary events, performances & more.

Fairbanks Aurora Tours

(907) 978-1766 info@fairbanksauroratours.com www.fairbanksauroratours.com Aurora chasing tours with free hotel pickup/ drop off in the core Fairbanks area. Aurora portraits available.

302 Cushman St, Ste 101, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 374-7060 info@fairbankschildrensmuseum.com www.fairbankschildrensmuseum.com Family-friendly, interactive exhibits & programs, perfect for children ages 1-8. Downtown Fairbanks.

535 2nd Ave, Ste 215, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 457-3669 fcmcogs@gmail.com www.fairbankshistorymuseum.com Exhibits on dog mushing, 1967 flood, winter in Fairbanks, mining and early Fairbanks. Monthly art show.

Fairbanks Curling Club, Inc.

1962 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 452-CURL, Fax: (907) 457-3345 manager@curlfairbanks.org, www.curlfairbanks.org Nightly league play, various spiels, International Bonspiel. Heated spectator gallery. See website for dates.

Fairbanks Dog Sled Rides with Two Rivers Trailblazers, LLC

4223 & 4240 Chena Hot Springs Rd Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 488-5991 mushwithus@gmail.com www.fairbanksdogsledrides.com Family friendly exciting 2-mile dog sled adventure! Meet the team and take pictures! Cabin rentals available.

Fairbanks Drama Association & Fairbanks Children’s Theatre 1852 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 451-4378, Fax: (907) 456-1888 www.fairbanksdrama.org Fairbanks Drama Association’s 2020-2021 performing season. Call 456-PLAY for tickets.

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Call for directions (248) 568-0345 borealjourneysak@gmail.com www.borealjourneysak.com Private, personal & authentic adventures with well-loved Alaskan Husky sled dogs and experienced owner/guides.

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Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre

(907) 457-POET, Fax: (907) 457-4511 info@fairbanksshakespeare.org www.fairbanksshakespeare.org Join us each February for Bard-A-Thon: an out-loud community reading of the works of Shakespeare!

Fairbanks Snow Sleighers, LLC

(907) 331-0643 Toll Free: (844) SNOW-FUN fairbankssnowsleighers@gmail.com www.snowsleighers.com Guided snowmobile tours and aurora viewing tours! All gear is provided! Beginners are welcomed and encouraged!

Fairbanks Symphony Association

1708 Tanana Lp, Rm 234, UAF Campus Fairbanks, AK 99775 (907) 474-5733 info@fairbankssymphony.org www.fairbankssymphony.org Symphonic music with world-class soloists at Davis Concert Hall.

Firewalker Alaskan Malamutes

1983 Tunnels Rd, North Pole, AK 99705 (907) 378-3260 www.firewalkerkennel.com Our kennel is a no-chain facility of purebred Malamutes living together in a social pack. Book tours today!

The Folk School

Pioneer Park, Cabin 66, 2300 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 457-1219 operations@folk.school, www.folk.school The Folk School offers all-age classes: traditional crafts, woodworking, outdoor skills, and arts & sciences.

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum at Wedgewood Resort

(907) 750-2313 friskypupsbb@gmail.com, www.friskypupsbb.com Breathtaking “roller coaster” ride! 45-minute ride through forest to lake. Warm gear and warming hut.

Gondwana Ecotours

Toll Free: (877) 587-8479 info@gondwanaecotours.com www.gondwanaecotours.com Local culture, aurora viewing, reindeer ranch, dog sledding, curling, hot springs, photography and more.

Good Titrations

(907) 474-4663 info@goodtitrations.com, www.goodtitrations.com Come warm up with an expertly crafted coffee and see what Fairbanks cultivates year-round at Good Titrations!

The Great Alaskan Bowl Company

4630 Old Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 474-9663, Fax: (907) 479-3067 Toll Free: (800) 770-4222 info@woodbowl.com, www.woodbowl.com All Alaska-made products! View our manufacturing process and visit our gift store. Open 7 days a week!

Greatland Adventures

(907) 980-8179 aurora@greatlandadventures.com www.greatlandadventures.com Photos, portraits and winter clothing included. Personalized forecast service. Northern lights guarantee!

Hoarfrost Distilling

3501 Lathrop St, Unit F, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 479-6128 toivo@hoarfrost.vodka, www.hoarfrost.vodka Distillery tours, tastings and cocktails. We make world class award-winning vodka by hand from 100% AK barley.

Ice Alaska

Tanana Valley Fairgrounds, 1800 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 888-3393 Toll Free: (833) 442-3278 info@icealaska.com, www.icealaska.com Ice Alaska is currently planning for the 2021 World Ice Art Championships. Starting February 15, 2021.

Sherman Hogue/Explore Fairbanks

Wedgewood Resort, 212 Wedgewood Dr Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 450-2100, Fax: (907) 450-2146 Toll Free: (800) 528-4916 faam@fountainheadhotels.com www.fountainheadmuseum.com Top-rated gem on TripAdvisor, see worldclass pre-WWII autos, the PNW’s largest fashion collection & Alaskana.

Frisky Pups Sled Dog Tours

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Just Short of Magic Sled Dog Tours

5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 750-0208 eleanor@justshortofmagic.com www.justshortofmagic.com Personal sled dog tours, mushing school, inviting guest center. Arctic gear provided. Friendly huskies.

Large Animal Research Station – UAF

2220 Yankovich Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 474-5724 uaf-lars-tours@alaska.edu, www.uaf.edu/lars Join us for a winter tour of LARS! Visit online store at www.uaf.edu/lars/ for dates & to purchase tickets.

Last Frontier Mushing Co-Op (907) 388-7666 themushingcoop@gmail.com www.themushingcoop.com Mush under the aurora, drive your own team on an expedition, or join our daily interactive mushing rides!

Lavelle’s Bistro

575 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 450-0555, Fax: (907) 456-2064 frank@lavellesbistro.com, www.lavellesbistro.com Come out of the cold! Enjoy the warmth of the Interior. Lavelle’s has weekly wine tastings and great food.

Leaf Out Nature Guides

1689 Violin Cir, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 978-9848 leafoutak@gmail.com, www.leafoutak.com Snowshoe tours with trained biologists. Glimpse a real Alaskan lifestyle at our cabin in the boreal forest!

Moose Mountain Ski Area

3450 Moose Mountain Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 459-8132 shredthemoose@gmail.com www.shredthemoose.com Ski/board 40 runs 1300’ vertical, heated bus ride up. Open Fri-Sun, holidays. See shredthemoose.com

Mount Aurora Lodge LLC

2320 Fairbanks Creek Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 389-2000 mountauroralodge@hotmail.com www.mountauroralodge.com Aurora viewing. 9pm - 3am. Authentic Alaska miners lodge. Call for prices and availability.


Sherman Hogue/Explore Fairbanks

Nature Image

Prospector Outfitters

Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks

Rod’s Alaskan Guide Service

PO Box 10306, Fairbanks, AK 99710 (907) 322-5393 info@natureimage-alaska.com www.natureimage-alaska.com Apx. 9hr aurora! 10 clients max at photographer’s secluded lodge in nature. Photo school, day tours & gear rentals. 101 Wilderness Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99712 administrator@nscfairbanks.org www.nscfairbanks.org Promotes X-C skiing & biathlon by offering instruction & competition for all ages. 40+ km groomed trails.

North Star Ballet

1755 Westwood Way #1, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 451-8800 samantha@nsbfairbanks.con, www.nsbfairbanks.org Alaska’s leading ballet school & company.

Northern Alaska Tour Company

PO Box 82991, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 474-8600, Fax: (907) 474-4767 Toll Free: (800) 474-1986 adventure@northernalaska.com www.northernalaska.com Winter in Alaska’s Arctic! Arctic Circle, aurora, Coldfoot and Denali. One-day & overnight adventures.

Paws for Adventure Sled Dog Tours

Intersection of Herning Rd & George Rd Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 699-3960 dogs@pawsforadventure.com www.pawsforadventure.com Best in authentic dog sled adventure since 1998! Rides, mushing schools or multi-day expeditions to remote AK.

Pioneer Museum & Big Stampede Show

Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-8579 info@fairbankspioneermuseum.com Rusty Heurlin’s Gold Rush murals; museum features early Fairbanks settlement, growth and mining.

1512 S Cushman St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 457-7372, Fax: (907) 458-9003 Toll Free: (800) 495-7372 info@prospectoroutfitters.com www.prospectoroutfitters.com The clothing, footwear & gear you need to fully enjoy your trip to Alaska. Serving North Pole and Fairbanks North Pole, AK 99705 (907) 378-1851 rod@rodsalaskanguideservice.com www.rodsalaskanguideservice.com Guided snowmobile, dog sledding, ice fishing, aurora viewing adventures. Clothing incl. Fish in heated cabins.

Running Reindeer Ranch

1470 Ivans Alley, Fairbanks (907) 455-4998, Fax: (907) 455-4998 info@runningreindeer.com www.runningreindeer.com Walk with reindeer, up close and personal, in this unique, intimate, birch forest natural history experience.

Salmon Berry Travel & Tours

515 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 278-3572, Fax: (907) 278-3573 marketing@salmonberrytours.com www.salmonberrytours.com Voted ‘Best of Alaska’ for winter and summer tours - aurora borealis, dog sledding, glaciers, wildlife & more!

Santa Claus House

101 St. Nicholas Dr, North Pole, AK 99705 (907) 488-2200, Fax: (907) 488-5601 Toll Free: (800) 588-4078 info@santaclaushouse.com www.santaclaushouse.com Most unique theme shop with Christmas gifts, toys, apparel & sweets. Home of the Original letter from Santa!

Sirius Sled Dogs and Aurora Viewing, LLC

6111 Abraham Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 687-6656 siriussleddogs.net@gmail.com www.siriussleddogs.net Friendly furry Alaskan & Siberian huskies. Perfect aurora viewing opportunity at a cozy, Alaska cabin.

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Ski Land

2315 Skiland Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 389-2314 info@skiland.org, www.skilandfairbanks.com Nightly aurora viewing Oct-Apr. On weekends Dec-Apr: alpine skiing, snowboarding, rentals, lessons and food.

SkyFire in Focus Tours

Call for directions (907) 347-9222 skyfirefocus@gmail.com, www.skyfireinfocus.com Aurora photography & viewing tours. Learn to photograph the aurora with an experienced photographer & guide.

Sled Dog Adventures

PO Box 83601, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 479-5090 dogmushing@mosquitonet.com www.sleddogadventures.com Home visits, exciting rides, tours, mushing school for all levels with longest-running Interior tour company.

Sluice Box Sled Dogs

(907) 310-1906 gjnappi@sluiceboxsleddogs.com www.sluiceboxsleddogs.com Take a tour with traditional Gold Rush huskies. Enjoy dog sled rides, bike/skijoring and, of course, the dogs!

Sophie Station Suites, Fountainhead Hotels

1717 University Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 456-3642, Fax: (907) 451-6376 Toll Free: (800) 528-4916 askus@fountainheadhotels.com www.fountainheadhotels.com/sophie-station Convenient, all-suite hotel with full kitchens & northern lights wake-up service. On-site bar & restaurant.

Trail Breaker Kennel

(907) 347-7274, Fax: (907) 474-8288 tours@trailbreakerkennel.com www.trailbreakerkennel.com Conveniently located historic kennel offering once in a lifetime dog sled rides, adventures & custom tours!

Trax Outdoor Center

314 Birch Hill Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 374-9600 hajduke@mac.com, www.traxoutdoorcenter.com XC skis and snowshoe rentals! Skiing lessons available. We also sell new/used equipment.

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University of Alaska Museum of the North 1962 Yukon Dr, UAF Campus, Fairbanks, AK 99775 (907) 474-7505, Fax: (907) 474-5469 ua-museum@alaska.edu, www.uaf.edu/museum Exhibits about Alaska Native cultures, wildlife, the aurora, Alaska history, Arctic dinosaurs. Museum store.

Wandering Coyote Adventures

2064 Himalaya Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 371-9401 wanderingcoyotealaska@gmail.com www.wca-alaska.com Fat tire biking, snowshoeing, guided tours, aurora viewing, outdoor hot tub at our wood stove heated yurt!

Wedgewood Resort, Fountainhead Hotels

212 Wedgewood Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-3642, Fax: (907) 451-6376 Toll Free: (800) 528-4916 askus@fountainheadhotels.com www.fountainheadhotels.com/wedgewood-resort Condo-style suites, home to the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, nature trails, XC skiing and aurora viewing.

Why Knot Adventures

(907) 388-0881 whyknotadventures@gmail.com www.whyknotadventures.net Ice fish with true Alaskans. Or just watch the northern lights. Visit our website for more information.

Wild and Free Mushing

(206) 618-0047 wildandfreemushing@gmail.com www.wildandfreealaska.com Join Yukon Quest Champion Brent Sass & dogs for an epic adventure at the homestead or at our Arctic camp!

Williams Resorts, LLC

3842 University Ave S, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 474-0502, Fax: (907) 474-0375 Toll Free: (800) 478-0502 was@alaska.net, www.wrightairservice.com Flightseeing/air charter. See Interior Alaska as never before!

Denali Neighbors Squid Acres Kennel Dogsled Tours

Cantwell, AK 99729 (907) 699-4939 dogs@squidacres.com, www.squidacres.com Dog mushing near Denali. Sled rides, mushing school, aurora viewing, overnight trips & expeditions available.

Interior Neighbors Cotter’s Kennel Sled Dog Tours

4 Mile Rd, Nenana, AK 99760 (907) 888-0365 bckennel@mtaonline.net, www.billcotterkennel.com Take a ride with the Iditarod dogs. Visit our professional racing kennel. Relaxed, friendly host.

The Lodge at Black Rapids

227.4 Richardson Hwy, 38 miles south of Delta Jct Delta Junction, AK 99737 (877) 825-9413, Fax: (877) 825-9413 blackrapids@ureach.com www.lodgeatblackrapids.com Authentic timber frame lodge offers quiet luxury. Road-accessible destination w/wildlife & views of AK Range.

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Arctic Neighbors Arctic Getaway Cabin & Breakfast

8 Igloo St, Wiseman, AK 99790 (907) 678-4456 arcticgetaway@gmail.com, www.arcticgetaway.com Wild Alaskan wonders. Snowy mountains, frozen rivers, cozy cabins, aurora. Snowshoe, ski, dog mush—you choose.

Coldfoot Camp

Mile 175 Dalton Hwy, Coldfoot, AK (907) 474-3500, Fax: (907) 474-4767 Toll Free: (866) 474-3400 adventure@northernalaska.com www.coldfootcamp.com North of the Arctic Circle, under the Auroral Oval and in the Brooks Mountain Range. Prime aurora viewing!

Alaskan Neighbors Anchorage Museum

625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 929-9200, Fax: (907) 929-9290 museum@anchoragemuseum.org www.anchoragemuseum.org Alaska’s largest museum tells the real story of the North through art, history, science & culture. Store/café.

HAI Shirokuma Tours, LLC

330 E 4th Ave, Ste 204, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 258-4690, Fax: (907) 258-4691 hai4690@haishirokuma.com www.haishirokuma.com Aurora tours, arctic adventures, Alaska Railroad & hotel reservations. Japanesespeaking staff available.

PO Box 31312, Fort Greely, AK 99731 (907) 888-4850 steven@stevenmileyphotography.com www.stevenmileyphotography.com Private aurora photography tours & winter snowshoeing adventures to Fairbanks’ nearest glaciers.

Skeeze/Pixabay

(907) 322-2780 nick@907rei.com, www.williamsresorts.info Alaska’s most thrilling winter adventures. An absolute must!!

Wright Air Service, Inc.

Disclaimer: Explore Fairbanks has made every effort to provide accurate listings and does not guarantee the accuracy of the listings presented and is not responsible for changes, omissions or errors. During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that patrons verify the current status of Fairbanks businesses as well as the State of Alaska’s travel policies. Requests for more detailed information should be made to the company in the listing. Business listings are as of 7/20. Explore Fairbanks is not responsible for the quality of goods or services provided by firms or organizations listed in the 2020-2021 Winter Guide nor does it make any endorsement, representation or warranty for any listing. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Explore Fairbanks. Explore Fairbanks retains right of refusal on any advertisement submitted. Project Coordinator: Angie Cerny. Copy Writer: Amy Geiger. Assistance from: Judy Dellinger, Jerry Evans, Charity Gadapee, Kasey Gillam, Ed Malen, Alanna McBrayer and Bill Wright. Designed by: Jill Marshall, Marshall Arts Design, Fairbanks

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A Taste of Alaska Lodge

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Aurora Pioneer Manor

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Fairbanks Children’s Museum

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Large Animal Research Station - UAF Last Frontier Mushing Co-Op

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Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks North Star Ballet

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What’s the Weather Like? Fairbanks’ low humidity, low precipitation and insignificant amount of wind make this subarctic environment surprisingly agreeable. Locals like to say it’s a clear, dry cold. Here are some safety tips for your winter adventure: • Check the weather report or dial 844 for the local temperature while planning your day’s activities. • Snow and ice are slippery. Wear footgear with traction, practice a slow shuffle and walk carefully. • If renting a car, consider an all-wheel or fourwheel drive vehicle during winter months. • Drive slowly, keep a safe distance from cars and go easy on your brakes while on snow and ice. For highway conditions dial 511.

What’s Under There? Underwear—long underwear to be exact. More commonly called “long johns,” they’re just one component of a simple layering system that will have you strolling through Fairbanks in warmth and comfort. Traveling from a warmer climate? Just drop into a local retailer and gear up with a few essentials, like a parka, snow pants and a good pair of boots. Layers make for the easiest change-ups. The weather can change quickly and so can you! Include a pair of long johns, long sleeved shirt, fleece jacket, boots, hat, mittens and a scarf in your wardrobe for the trip. Whatever the weather, you’ll be covered! Interior Alaska is an amazing place to explore in the winter and dressing for it is amazingly simple.

View the delightful How to Dress for Winter in Fairbanks video at explorefairbanks.com.

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Land of the Midnight Sun

Lilliana Moon

Bureau of Land Management

Sunbathing at midnight? During Midnight Sun Season—April 22 through August 20—Fairbanks, Alaska, enjoys 70 straight days of continuous sunlight from May 17 through July 27. Fingers crossed that COVID-19 will have significantly declined by next May so schedule a trip to rejuvenate in the everlasting sunshine. Pan for gold, float the Chena River, watch the gardens grow, go fishing, view wildlife, play golf in the middle of the night, have dinner on a deck or go on a nature hike. Many trails around Fairbanks offer Stay up late and chase a midnight sunset. Discover opportunities for outdoor exploration the energy of Fairbanks’ summer days! and adventure year-round.

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2020-2021 Explore Fairbanks Winter Guide  

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