Tour of Fairbanks, Downtown, out to Chena Hot Springs
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Want to know what it's like to drive around Fairbanks, Alaska? Take a look! I drove around Fairbanks, including downtown, then headed out to Chena Hot Springs -- that part of the drive is very long, and features a lot of trees. But, if you can endure it, there's a little more of Fairbanks at the end.
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Top 13 Tourist Attractions and Beautiful Places in Fairbanks - Travel Alaska:
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Running Reindeer Ranch, Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center, University of Alaska Museum of the North, Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum, The Aurora Ice Museum, Pioneer Park, Georgeson Botanical Garden, McKinley Explorer, Chena River State Recreation Area, Large Animal Research Station, Palace Theatre, Chena Indian Village
The Drive to Chena Hot Springs Resort and Back (time-lapse)
This is a short video giving one perspective of the scenic drive out to the resort. It's an easy day trip, driving there, enjoying yourself, and then returning to Fairbanks. Starting in and returning to Fairbanks, the drive to Chena Hot Springs Resort is a lovely drive; I imagine it would be a superb motorcycle jaunt, too.
As you can see, there are very few places along Chena Hot Springs Road offering gas and/or sundries; be sure to prepare while you're in Fairbanks. There are numerous beautiful pull-overs for hiking, kayaking, and a couple that I saw offered picnic areas--accompanied by bear-proof rubbish disposals, a reminder to leave no trace.
In addition to lodging, the destination, Chena Hot Springs Resort, offers visitors/guests tours of its famous Aurora Ice Museum (the faux igloo-looking structure seen in the video), its hot springs, flight tours, ATV and snowmobile tours, snow coaches, and much more. There is a shuttle to/from Fairbanks, offered by the resort, but I preferred to drive in order to keep our schedule independent and to drive to other places around Fairbanks.
Here is the video of the Ice Museum:
Video of the Springs and Resort:
(One the way there, in this video, it appears as though the car is driving on the left side of the road, but I assure you, we drove on the right-hand side. The camera was upside down during filming; flipping the footage during editing caused this result.)
Driving Chena Hot Springs Road
Chena Hot Springs
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Alaska 2018 - 11 [Summer Solstice from Fairbanks, Alaska & Chena Hot Springs]
Summer Solstice post from Fairbanks, Alaska. The intro was recorded at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center.
Hanging out in Fairbanks
We’ve been camping at Walmart. It can be a little noisy but otherwise, we haven’t had any problems.
We’ve hit up Lunch Cafe ( a few times now. They’ve got lots of vegan options so we highly recommend checking them out. Go for brunch if you can.
The Co-op here is excellent. We’ve been there a few times as well. They have organic produce, vegan yogurt, cheese, and meats, bulk bins to restock, and environmentally friendly household products.
The Walmart is fine and we pick up things here from time to time since we’re living in their lot. But the Fred Meyer behind it seems to have better prices on most of the groceries we buy.
We met some viewers, Tom and Fay, at Walmart - they’re our neighbors. We’ve been hanging out with them off and on during our stay. They’ve got some great RV stories.
Side trip to Chena Hot Springs (
It’s no secret that we love hot springs so we decided to leave Fairbanks and spend the weekend at Chena Hot Springs. It’s only about 60 miles from Fairbanks. About half that road is full of frost heaves though so be prepared for a bumpy ride.
The Chena Hot Springs Resort is a whole complex. We were there for the hot springs, which had some of the best water we’ve experienced, but there are loads of other things to do there. In addition to the hot springs, they have an indoor heated salt water pool and two hot tubs. The pool was filled with kids when we were there. The hot springs are 18+.
There are several trails on the property. We walked out to Beaver Pond and also followed the Monument Creek trail, which was especially pretty since it mostly follows the creek.
The complex also has a restaurant, landing strip, horseback rides, 4-wheeler tours, and more. They have a penned area with some reindeer if you’ve never seen one up close.
The RV sites were all dry camping. There is a dump and fresh water station. Many of the sites were along Monument Creek and we could hear the water babbling through the RV. Who needs a white noise machine?
Dealing with 24-hours of sunlight
We haven’t had too much trouble going to sleep, but when you wake up in the night and it’s light out it is very confusing to your body. So we popped into Lowe’s and bought more Reflectix ( to black out our bedroom windows. Now it’s like a cave back there and perfect.
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Ice Museum Tour, Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
The Tour at the Ice Museum at Chena Hot Springs.
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Enjoy the curiosity of a museum made of ice, then relax in the natural Chena Hot Springs!