Fairbanks, Alaska

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Fairbanks comes alive in the winter, but there is also plenty to do in the summer months. With the snow, comes ice carving, dog mushing, and picture perfect views of the northern lights. Though it feels much smaller than Anchorage, Fairbanks has parks, a helpful visitor's center, and several iconic statues. As you explore the city, you can learn its history and how it owes its existence to the gold, coal, and oil which have been mined from Alaska.

#1 - Fairbanks Visitor and Cultural Center
This building contains lots of information about the city and a small theater where informational videos are shown. This is a great place to start your visit to Anchorage or to learn a little more about the city.
Coordinants: 64.845928, -147.712496
#2 - Walter and Mary Ellen Gould Log Cabin
A small log home sits outside the visitors center. Informational signs explain about the area's rich history. Visitors aren't allowed inside, but it's worth a look if you are nearby.
Coordinants: 64.845877, -147.713317
#3 - Antler Arch
As you leave the visitor's center, you will be greeted by an arch made of various antlers that look strangely at home. The gateway contains over 100 antlers from around the state, and a brief informational sign details the significance and history of the arched walkway.
Coordinants: 64.846354, -147.714186
#4 - WWII Memorial
This bronze memorial stands as a testament to those who served in WWII and a reminder of the important role women played in the war effort.
Coordinants: 64.845342, -147.717206
#5 - Centennial Bridge
This walkway provides an excellent view of the river below and its occasional fishermen. The bridge is for pedestrians only, which makes it a perfect stop for people on a walk.
Coordinants: 64.845183, -147.719059
#6 - Golden Plaza Clock Tower and Carillion
This iconic statue commemorates the first settlers of Fairbanks. Informational plaques surround the sign and detail the city's intimate connection with gold and coal mining.
Coordinants: 64.844585, -147.719260
#7 - Statue of Alaska's First Unknown Family
This iconic statue commemorates the first settlers of Fairbanks. Informational plaques surround the sign and detail the city's intimate connection with gold and coal mining.
Coordinants: 64.844295, -147.719840
#8 - Fairbanks Ice Park
During the winter months, the ice park comes alive with activity. Each March, ice carving championships are held here, and visitors are welcome to watch the competition and partake in the festivities. During the summer, photographs of the carvings are displayed for visitors, but it's not worth the trip.
Coordinants: 64.847259, -147.806668
#9 - Creamer's Field
Creamer's field is a 2,000 acre refuge for birds. It used to be a dairy farm in the mid-1900s and now is home to such migratory and resident birds as Canada geese, sandhill cranes, pintails, golden plovers, ravens, owls and a host of ducks. About five miles of nature trails crisscross the property, and the surrounding outbuildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Coordinants: 64.868337, -147.723713
#10 - Trans-Alaska Pipeline
Fairbanks is one of the best places to visit Alaska's controversial pipeline because it passes above ground just outside the city. At the observing location, visitors are free to touch the pipeline and take pictures. Signs and models provide information about the pipeline and its history. Although it is farther from the city than the other stops on this tour, this is a definite must-see.
Coordinants: 64.928889, -147.630029

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