Billie's Backpackers Hostel - Activities


See what's going on in Fairbanks!



(generally August - March)

(courtesy of the Geophysical Institute
University of Alaska-Fairbanks)


Fairbanks,  Alaska's second largest city, is centrally located in the heart of Alaska in the Tanana Valley. 


The hostel is perfectly situated to begin your exploration of Interior Alaska. 


Located along the banks of the Chena River in the expansive Tanana Valley, you can travel in any direction out of town and you find yourself in wilderness in a matter of minutes.

 Distance between Fairbanks and:

Anchorage   358 mi / 576 km
Denali Park  
121 mi / 194 km
 Dawson City
 393 mi / 631 km 
364 mi / 586 km
 Prudhoe Bay 489 mi / 793 km

 City Pop  35,000
 Borough Pop 98,000
 Elevation = 436 ft / 133 m



From Fairbanks you may make connections with ground or air transportation  to remote villages,  Denali Park, Dawson City, Prudhoe Bay, the Arctic Circle,  Skagway, or Whitehorse.


Several small commuter flights operate out of the Fairbanks International Airport (East Ramp), allowing for easy access to even the most remote villages and wilderness areas.


Let us know if you would like us to store your things while your away exploring!

Day trips to the Arcitc Cricle depart from our door!

There are far too many activities to list here. Whether you wish to explore on your own, join a tour or find a local to show you around, you will want to find many opportunities available in Interior Alaska.

The hostel has a lot of information to get you started on planning activities in the area.  For additional information on specific activities, public lands, parks, hiking, camping, fishing or backcountry exploration, make sure you visit the


101 Dunkel St.

(Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center)

(907) 456-0527


Suggested Tour Operators,
 Gear Rental & Supplies

1st Alaska Tours

Alaska Element

Beaver Sports



Located at the historical end of the Alaska Highway, Fairbanks is rich in history and tradition. The city (named for a senator from Indiana) was established in 1901, after the discovery of gold resulted in a rush of thousands into the Tanana Valley.

Fairbanks soon became Alaska's vibrant cultural and economic center. For over 100 years, Fairbanks has played a vital role in Alaska's economic, educational and military history.



Established in Fairbanks in 1917  - Main Campus of the University of Alaska 

Over 9,000 students and located on 2,250 acres UAF is  home to:


                             - Geophysical Institute
                             - Georgeson Botanical Gardens
                             - Large Animal Research Station   (Musk Ox & Reindeer Farm)
                             - Geophysical Institute - Poker Flat Research Range

-Museum Of The North 


Attractions within walking distance of Billie's...
Creamer's Field
Besides activities offered by the University of Alaska, the following events and activities are all within walking distance of the hostel:

Tanana Valley State Fair (Aug 7-16, 2015)
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Tanana Valley Farmers Market
Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge


With summer temperatures reaching into the 90's and the endless summer days, Fairbanks offers many opportunities for the adventurous traveler.
Ask us about any of these local activities - many depart from our door.


  •    A day trip to the Arctic Circle
  •    A bush flight to a remote village
  •    An adventurous day hike to a relaxing soak at one of several Hot Springs
  •    Hike the Pinnell Mountain Trail during summer solstice.- a well kept secret
  •    Multi day canoeing adventure on the Chatanika River
  •    Interact with reindeer


"My time at Billie's was a time for reflection on all I had seen and done. In my last hours here I went for a last walk. Just a few hundred yards from the hostel, I found a small path and followed it to a creek. There I found a hidden glade, filled with wild blue bells, roses, butterflies, a squirrel and birds.
"I have fulfilled a lifelong dream by coming to Alaska. I have traveled through the inside passage, seeing wondrous things like calving glaciers, wildlife and towering mountains, the magnificent Isolation of the Yukon and the tundra North of the Arctic Circle. I have had adventures I never dreamed I would have.

"Everything has just been so much more than I thought it could ever be, and of course the best part are the people you meet.

"I NEVER Imagined Kayaking up the Columbia Glacier with NASA scientists, or drinking Alaska Amber with WHALE researchers.   We had some terrific conversations and shared moments that will stay with us forever.
"Just traveling comrades all searching for our souls and finding them all here at Billie's
I leave tomorrow and already I am homesick for this vast land they call ALASKA."

Barbara Ann McClure (Australia)

Contact Us:

Billies Backpackers Hostel

2895 Mack Blvd.

Fairbanks, AK 99709