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Travel Itinerary - March Madness in Fairbanks!
Mar 18, 2006, 09:37 PST

Open North American Sled Dog Championships 1999
© Fairbanks CVB, Mandy Lewis

Welcome to Fairbanks, the gateway to your authentic Alaskan adventure.

If you have seen Fairbanks in the summer, you know why residents like it. Midnight sun, wide-open spaces, lots to see and do. Winter is just as extraordinary. Take to the trails on skis or by snow machine. Drive a team of huskies or ride in the sled on nearby trails with local mushers. Soak in natural hot springs. Gaze at the northern lights frolicking across the clear night sky. Take an afternoon to wander amongst amazing larger-than-life- sized ice sculptures crafted from our pristine crystal-clear ice. Fairbanks is the Authentic Alaska. It's the Alaska you'll want to see.

Region: Pacific Northwest   Days: 5
Destinations Visited: Fairbanks, AK
Tour Categories: - City Break - Culture and Heritage - Outdoor/Sports

Day 1: Snow Sports
Skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling . . . if the activity requires snow, we have the perfect conditions. Pick a local trail or head to a nearby mountain for a day of cross-country or downhill skiing. If venturing through the untracked wilderness is what you enjoy, take a guided trek off the beaten path on a snow machine or by snowshoe. No need to worry about having all the right gear, it can be provided!

Day 2: Meet Mushing Masters
It's the dog days of winter! Take in the exciting sights and sounds of championship sled dog races run through the middle of downtown on the Chena River. Dog mushing is our state sport and if you want to try your hand driving the sled there are a variety of tours that will have you mushing your own team in no time. If you only want to go along for the ride, not to worry, there's a tour for that too!

Day 3: Arctic Awareness
Take a trip even farther north to a native village. Here you'll be introduced to native culture with a tour of the village. Enjoy a cultural program featuring ceremonial songs, dancing, traditional games, and demonstrations of local crafts. Be sure to walk the shores of the Arctic Ocean near the northernmost point on the North American Continent.

Day 4: Northern Nightlife
Start the morning by learning natural and cultural history at the University of Alaska Museum. Fairbanks is home to the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute, world-renowned for the study of physical phenomena, including the aurora. Study the aurora display at the Museum or attend a lecture by a college professor, which will give you a better understanding of how nature produces the lights that dance across the sky. Then take to the road and head to a nearby hot springs. Spend the evening soaking in the warm water before heading to the top of the mountain for a chance to see the aurora dance. To top the night off, have a nightcap at the ice bar and then experience the magic of sleeping on top of Caribou hides in a toasty sleeping bag at the only Ice Hotel in America.

Day 5: Sculpting 101
Before heading back to Fairbanks, spend the morning relaxing at the hot springs. When you return, the World Ice Art Championships await your arrival. Every year championship ice sculptors from around the world converge on Fairbanks to convert large blocks of ice into beautiful larger-than-life-sized sculptures. At the Ice Park, before your eyes, sculptors transform up to 40,000 pounds of ice into intricate pieces of art. Sit and spin on a "twirly", explore an ice maze, or slide down the back of a frozen dragon! When you're done touring the park, you can sculpt your own creation as a local sculptor teaches you the tricks of the trade.

Contact Info

Tourism Department
Tourism Department
Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau

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