Mar 232012
 

Population: 31,535
Elevation: 446ft (136m)
Website: www.ci.fairbanks.ak.us
News: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner | Latitude 65 | The Ester Republic | Sun Star
Map: Link

Fairbanks, Alaska was founded back in the early part of the 20th century.  In 1901, E. T. Barnette settled there because his boat ran a ground and some nearby prospectors convinced him of the potential in the area.  During the first 60 years of existence, Fairbanks suffered from many floods and bridges were constantly washed out.  Most of the utility services are provided by private entities.  Electricity is provided by Golden Valley Electric Association and they have four stream turbines fueled by coal and one oil-fueled electric generator.  The University of Alaska Fairbanks operates its own coal-fired generating station that provides power and heat to all the university buildings.  It is also the oldest college of the current colleges in Alaska.

Fairbanks is called “The Golden Heart of Alaska” not just because the people who live there are kind and generous, but also because if its physical location deep in the interior of Alaska.  It could also have to do with the fact that there was a lot of gold discovered there in the early 20th century.  It was once known as the “Land of a Thousand Smokes” because of about 150 active volcanoes and earthquakes. 


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Things to do

  • Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
  • El Dorado Gold Mine
  • Fairbanks Curling Club
  • Georgeson Botanical Garden
  • Gold Dredge No. 8
  • Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station
  • Pioneer Park
  • Riverboat Discovery
  • Sternwheeler Tanana Chief
  • University of Alaska Museum of the North
  • July’s Golden Days Parade
  • The IceAlaska Ice Art Championships and Ice Park
  • Birch Hill Recreation Area
  • The Midnight Sun Game (June 21)

Places to Stay

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Fairbanks
  • Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
  • Sophie Station Hotel
  • Best Western PLUS Chena River Lodge
  • Alpine Lodge
  • Wedgewood Resort
  • River’s Edge Resort
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
  • Bridgewater
  • SpringHill Suites Fairbanks
  • Golden North Motel
  • Chena Hot Springs Resort
  • Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge
  • Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center
  • Regency Fairbanks Hotel
  • Alaska Motor Inn
  • Ranch Motel Goldrush Inn
  • Comfort Inn Faibanks
  • Extended Stay Deluxe Fairbanks
  • Tamarac Inn Motel
  • Fairbanks Super 8 Motel
  • Yukon Ventures Alaska

Food to Eat

  • Thai House Restaurant
  • Sweet Basil Thai Restaurant
  • Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
  • Pump House
  • Lavelle’s Bistro
  • Bahn Thai
  • Seoul Gate Restaurant
  • Aloha BBQ Grill
  • Ajimi
  • Pump House Restaurant & Saloon
  • Chowder House
  • Sam’s Sourdough Cafe
  • Taco King
  • Turtle Club
  • Wasabi Bay
  • Geraldo’s Restaurant
  • Pike’s Landing
  • Cookie Jar Restaurant
  • Bobby’s Downtown
  • Mayflower Buffet


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Mar 222012
 

Population: 2,226
Elevation: 482ft (147m)
Website: www.northpolealaska.com
News: www.newsminer.com

Let me get to the most important answer to the most common question asked about this town.  No, this is not the actual North Pole (1700 miles south of the North Pole), and no this is not the place where Santa comes from.  They have however made quite a bit of money on the fact they share the same name.  Technically North Pole involves the entire zip code of 99705.  This would include part of Eielson Air Force Base, South of the Tanana River, over west to the city limits of Fairbanks and almost as far north as Two Rivers.  Most of the money made in North Pole is made from either Tourism or Oil.  Its located directly on the Alaska Highway which makes it a hot spot in the summertime for tourists.  It is also pretty much attached to Fairbanks which means tourists can still get all the normal services of a small city and visit North Pole easily.  Here is a really cool city map of North Pole!  It can be really helpful with a tablet!

Things to Do

  • Christmas on Ice
  • Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
  • El Dorado Gold Mine
  • Fairbanks Curling Club
  • Georgeson Botanical Garden
  • Gold Dredge No. 8
  • Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station
  • Pioneer Park
  • Riverboat Discovery
  • Sternwheeler Tanana Chief
  • University of Alaska Museum of the North
  • July’s Golden Days Parade
  • The IceAlaska Ice Art Championships and Ice Park
  • Birch Hill Recreation Area
  • The Midnight Sun Game (June 21)

Hotels

  • Hotel North Pole
  • Beaver Lake Resort Motel
  • Birch Tree Bed and Breakfast
  • Santa’s Slumber Land Bed and Breakfast
  • Alma’s Bed and Breakfast

Food

  • Thai Cuisine Restaurant
  • Pagoda Restaurant
  • Fire Wok
  • Elf’s Den
  • Mama C’s Moose Creek Kitchen
  • Coffee Cabin


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