What did you do in the day (for those who have stayed)? I know this is a remote location, so I was curious how your day was spent. Thanks!!
Spent a day at Chena Hot Springs Resort (dog sledding, swimming in hot springs, dining in great restaurant), spent a day driving around sightseeing, spent another in pajamas with wine and hot chocolate playing a cut-throat UNO tournament...the perfect vacation!!!
We drove back into town (Fairbanks) 2X, while staying at the Aurora Borealis. This was in August, so their wasn't any snow. We didn't go to bed before 3:00AM, because we stayed up to see the lights while it was still dark. (It got light then) So it would be different in March. However, stopping in North Pole, Alaska would be an excellent place to go. We just loved it!! Going South on Steese Expressway to Fairbanks, go to the end of Expressway, and then left (Richardson HWY) (HWY 2). That will take you into North Pole, it's 13 miles from Fairbanks. Get off HWY at Santa Claus Ln. The Santa Claus House is on St Nicholas Dr. (It is open year-around) Their is a Safeway there. (Down the street on Park Way) We ate at a fast-food place.
ABL is only 30 minutes or so from Fairbanks. There are tons of things to do within an hour's drive if you have a car. Just look at TripAdvisor reviews for the Fairbanks area.
We did mushing with Sirius Dog Sledding and it was definitely the highlight of our trip.
Since we flew directly into Fairbanks we rented a car for our drive to ABL and then used the car to return during the day to tour downtown Fairbanks after a stop at an Alaska pipeline pullover. I believe it was about 20-30 minute drive from ABL. We also drove to the enjoyable Silver Gulch brewery/restaurant for dinner which is approximately 10 minutes from ABL. Happy travels and smile for everyone.
One of the days we drove down to Chena Hot Springs Resort (very easy drive and very beautiful). There is an ice museum there where you can drink appletinis at an ice bar, dog sledding, hot springs, a restaurant. A lovely way to spend the entire day. Another day we went to the University Museum - nice little museum with history and art. At the lodge you can go snowshoeing/hiking, Mok provides you with snowshoes, build a snowman, do a little sledding - lots of fun!
We drove around to Chen Springs and different places. I just wish it hadn't rained and snowed most of our trip. Sitka, the black lab, was the highlight of my trip. I'm glad I went but wouldn't return . I had a much better view of the lights ( due to weather) at Camp Denali.
I suppose it is a good time to try Sledding? We were there in late Oct, so do not have the chance, but visited the dogs at Denali park and Chena Hot Springs Resort.
The Museum of the North in University of Alaska is a good place to visit if you do not want to drive out far. There are some Reindeer nearby. And there is a Santa Claus House which we do not get to visit as they said Santa is not back yet :(
Check out the visitor centre in town, the guys there are helpful and can give some great recommendation. There are also some interesting exhibits.
Thank you all! I guess I should have specified we'll be there in March. I wasn't sure if it'd be wise to move around a lot in the winter. We have several things we want to do and I was wondering if I could squeeze some in during the day while there. I'm trying to just get a grip on my itinerary!
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