Fairbanks, Alaska



Moose near Fairbanks

There are dozens of FREE and pay activities in Fairbanks.

Many are located within walking distance of the Hostel.  
Others will pick you up at our door.

Listed here are just a few of the more popular activities.

For more options, visit the Fairbanks Visitor Center or look at the Fairbanks Daily New-Miner (daily local paper) for a local view on current events, movies, activities, classifieds, etc....

Local Adventures


1st ALASKA Outdoor Adventures

2014 DENALI SHUTTLE - $70 one way. 
Depart from our door! (with a reservation)
Ask them for details.  

    Reservations:  907-590-5900 


Chena Dog Sled Adventures

PO Box 16037, Two Rivers Ak 99716(907) 488-5845. Located on 160 acres of an original homestead within the Chena River State Recreation Area about 40 miles from Fairbanks. Offer a full range of summer and winter activities including Ice Fishing, Dog Sled Rides, Snowmachine Rides, and rustic Cabin rentals.

Tolovana Hot Springs 

Located approximately 50 air miles northwest of Fairbanks. A trip to Tolovana Hot Springs is a wilderness trip. Accessible only by trail or bush plane, there is no emergency communication or on-site personnel. The accommodations are rustic and simple. The landscape beautiful.

White Mountain Nat'l Recreation Area 

30 miles north of Fairbanks, offers a wide variety of outstanding opportunities for year-round recreation. Summer hiking, camping and float trips, & winter system of trails and public recreation cabins for snowmobiling, dog mushing and cross-country skiing.


Activities Within Easy Walking Distance from the Hostel
(walk or very short bus or bike ride):

Creamer's Field
(2.3 miles / 45 minute walk from the Hostel)
Originally a dairy (from 1928-1966), now a migratory waterfowl refuge with excellent bird watching and hiking trails.  Guided Nature Walks in summer!

Farmers Market 
(2 blocks / 5 minute walk from the Hostel)
Just blocks from the hostel. Local produce, products, crafts, food. Summer only.

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival 
(17 minute walk to UAF campus)
Usually in mid-July. 
Started as a Jazz Festival, this very popular cultural event offers much more! From Dance to Theatre to Ice Skating to Music. A MUST SEE if you are here during this time!

World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (Summer Only)
(3.4 miles / a short bus ride)
The games that are played by these people display the preparedness one needed for survival. They require skill as well as strength, agility, and endurance. In this manner, the people could at least teach the children that they had to be tough to make it on their own, not just in one area, but in all. The games left no part of the body untested.

University of Alaska - Fairbanks (UAF)
(less than 1 mile / 17 minute walk from the hostel)
Est 1917 the main campus in the state.

UAF has a MUST SEE Museum, Botanical Gardens, Musk Ox Farm, Geophysical Bldg, trails, seasonal events and much more.

Musk Ox Farm 
(3.3 miles / 1 hour walk or a short bus ride from hostel)
Est in 1979, you can tour, view and learn about Musk Ox and domestic Reindeer.

University of Alaska - Museum of the North 
(1.8 mile / 35 minute walk from Hostel)
The only research and teaching museum in Alaska. From the ancient to the modern, this exhibit is a definite 'must see'.

Pioneer Park (aka locally as "AlaskaLand") 

(3.3 miles / 1 hour walk or the RED or Blue Bus line)

Open Year Round. Alaska's only Historic Theme Park.  FREE FREE FREE.  Huge park with shops, food, riverboat (2nd largest wooden vessel in existence), museum of old time fairbanks, original Fairbanks cabins relocated here.  This is a MUST!


Tanana Valley Fairgrounds
(1 mile / 20  minute walk from hostel)
Founded in 1924, the Tanana Valley State Fair is the oldest fair in the state.
State Fair is usually the first 2 weeks in August. Check for current information.

World Ice Art 

(2 miles /  25 minute walk from hostel or Red or Blue Bus Line)
2009 World Ice Art Championship.  If your here in winter, make sure you check this out!

Fairbanks Ice Museum

(20 minute bus ride into city center using the RED or BLUE Bus Line)
Experience  a Fairbanks' winter during the summer.  Located in Downtown Fairbanks


A Little Farther Away
(needing the use of car, bus, taxi, bike to get to)

Arctic Circle 
(Local Tour Companies going here will pick you up from the hostel)
One and multi day adventures to the Arctic Circle, Prudhoe Bay, Hot Springs, or river adventures and camping on the Chatanika.

F.E. Company Gold Camp 
(need a car for this one...but it is DEFINTELY worth it!! )
Historic Fairbanks Exploration Company Gold Camp - A wonderfully scenic 28 miles from the hostel on the Steese Hwy.  Non-touristy and little visited area outside Fairbanks with lots of history.   Try to visit this recently re-opened historic gold camp, including hotel, restaurant and saloon. Lots of trails, historic artifacts and history from the early pioneer days.  Excellent old time restaurant and bar. The drive alone makes this a great trip. See the Chatanika Dredge nearby. 

(2015 - The F.E. Gold Camp is closed.  The drive is still worth it  however!)

Chena Hot Springs 
(60 miles on Chena Hot Springs Rd - via Steese Hwy)
Discovered in 1905 and popular year round. Beautiful grounds, soothing waters.. indoor / outdoor pool.   Ice Hotel !  popular year round.

Trans-Alaska Pipeline 
(viewing area is 8 miles from hostel on the Steese Hwy).

Excellent walk-up (you can touch the pipeline) viewpoint and information center.  

Santa Claus House 
(Located in North Pole - 12 miles from Fairbanks)

Open Year Round for all things Christmas.  City bus from the hostel will get you there!

Poker Flat Rocket Range 
(30 miles just off the Steese Hwy)

30 miles north of Fairbanks
the world's only scientific rocket launching facility owned by a university. Home to many scientific instruments designed to study the arctic atmosphere / ionosphere.

Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields 
(20 minutes by car - located in the hills surrounding Fairbanks)
Share a personal home visit with Mary Shields, celebrated Alaskan musher and author, and her sled dogs. Reservations required.

For other activities of interest, go to


See what's going on in Fairbanks!



(August - March)

(courtesy of the Geophysical Institute
University of Alaska-Fairbanks)
click photo for more information
Little Coal Creek ( Denali State Park)
All roads lead to Fairbanks
Day Trip (from the Hostel) to the Arctic Circle
Trails abound in the Fairbanks area.
Miles and miles of Biking and Walking trails near the hostel
Tails of The Trail with Mary Shields

Contact Us:

Billies Backpackers Hostel

2895 Mack Blvd.

Fairbanks, AK 99709