101 Ways to Explore Local in Interior Alaska

There's tons of fun things to do under the midnight sun in Interior Alaska. Make this summer one to remember by exploring everything we've got in our own backyard! Visit our local businesses and participate in activities, attractions, and adventures available right here in Alaska’s Interior. For the more adventurous ones, try a fishing trip, an ATV tour, or zipline in Denali National Park or take an unforgettable trip above the Arctic Circle.

Join Magic 101.1 and Explore Fairbanks for 101 ways to explore local this summer, with literally 101 different things to do in and around Fairbanks! Besides, who wants to head somewhere else during a beautiful Interior summer?

There’s still time for you to get in on the Explore Local Scavenger Hunt and Photo Contest, courtesy of Explore Fairbanks -you have until July 31 to enter to win prizes. Learn more and enter now at Explore Fairbanks

1 - Make the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center your first stop to planning your summer adventure. www.morristhompsoncenter.org

2 - Learn how to #ExploreLocal at www.explorefairbanks.com/local.

3 - Visit the pipeline and learn what a “PIG” has to do with it.

4 - See giant burl animals along the Richardson Highway.

5 - Cool off with ice cream or shave ice.

6 - Learn about traditional Alaska Native sports.

7 - Curl up with a book from the library.

8 - Take a guided ATV tour or hop on your own and go for a ride.

9 - Frolic in a field of wildflowers.

10 - Participate in the Fairbanks North Star Borough's Summer Trails Challenge.

11 - Take a step back in history and marvel at antique cars.

12 - Learn a new skill or craft in an in-person or online class.

13 - Spend an afternoon "Where the Spirit of Christmas lives year-round."

14 - Take a kennel tour and cuddle with puppies.

15 - Hop on a motorcycle to traverse the state.

16 - Savor a variety of locally-brewed vodka, rum and other spirits.

17 - Rent a canoe, kayak or bicycle.

18 - Set up a net and spike your way to victory.

19 - Pick up a copy of the Explore Local Scavenger Hunt at the Morris Thompson Center.

20 - Grab take out from your favorite restaurant.

21 - Relax like the miners did in a naturally heated hot spring.

22 - Cheer on your rubber duckie as they try to win the race.

23 - Volunteer your time to a worthy cause.

24 - Pick up a meal from your favorite food truck or stand.

25 - Throw on your cleats and take a swing at a softball field.

26 - Take a walk through a forest with huskies.

27 - Start your search for Made-in-Alaska holiday gifts.

28 - Immerse yourself in a year-round virtual vacation in Fairbanks at www.explorefairbanks.com/360.

29 - Chase a midnight sunset at a nearby vantage point.

30 - Buckle up your flotation device and spend some time on a lake or river.

31 - See how a tree is turned into pieces of functional and decorative art.

32 - Share your adventures on social media using #explorefairbanks.

33 - Take a flightseeing tour and view the landscape from the sky.

34 - Have an adventure in a local, state or national park.

35 - Drive along a local highway for a scenic road trip.

36 - Visit a gallery to see locally-made art.

37 - Experience the thrill of a lifetime on a zipline.

38 - Have your picture taken at the Arctic Circle sign after traversing the Dalton Highway.

39 - Try a different kind of golf…with a disc.

40 - Find out about historic Fairbanks and its gold rush history at Pioneer Park.

41 - Learn what makes UAF “Naturally Inspiring.”

42 - Enjoy the 4th of July with food, family and friends.

43 - Taste a variety of locally-brewed beer.

44 - Go for a stroll along the trails at Creamer's Field.

45 - Let your dog play at a park made just for them.

46 - Ask about what winter has to offer.

47 - Camp in a public-use cabin or at a local campground.

48 - Go berry picking with your family and make your own jams and jellies.

49 - Get a 2020 Fairbanks Visitors Guide full of more ideas of things to do.

50 - Find events happening around Fairbanks at www.explorefairbanks.com/events.

51 - Soak up the sun while dining on a waterfront deck.

52 - Gather around a campfire and roast marshmallows.

53 - Count how many different types of birds you can spot.

54 - Visit local monuments and statues.

55 - Paddle alongside the guides on a rafting excursion.

56 - Discover new treasures at a yard sale or antique shop.

57 - Shop for local produce and products at a farmers or open air market.

58 - Fill your water bottle with fresh spring water.

59 - Peer through your binoculars and search for Alaskan wildlife.

60 - Watch gold nuggets be fashioned into jewelry.

61 - Book an overnight getaway at a hotel or B&B.

62 - Sample cuisine from around the world.

63 - Pack a basket and have a picnic in a park.

64 - Hear about Alaska’s state sport of dog mushing.

65 - Strike a pose under the Antler Arch.

66 - Visit the historic mining town of Ester.

67 - Stay up all night and celebrate summer solstice under the midnight sun.

68 - Traverse as many of the nearby walking and hiking trails as possible.

69 - Focus your camera and document your travels.

70 - Learn about Alaska’s aviation history.

71 - Spend some time with muskox or reindeer.

72 - Wander along the riverwalk.

73 - Test your adventurous spirit in Denali National Park.

74 - Chill out and hang with the ice sculptures.

75 - Discover everything that downtown Fairbanks has to offer.

76 - Rejoice in the return of Aurora Season on August 21.

77 - Perfect your panning technique on your search for gold.

78 - Participate in a run or walk for charity.

79 - Bait your hook and catch a fish. (Don’t forget your fishing license!)

80 - Help beautify Fairbanks by picking up a piece of trash.

81 - Meander around Wander Lake.

82 - Climb aboard and ride the rails.

83 - Rent an RV and travel the “Adventure Corridor.”

84 - Watch a show about the northern lights.

85 - Play on every playground in town.

86 - Swing your clubs and tee off under the midnight sun.

87 - Hoot and holler as you watch the boys of summer play.

88 - Protect your skin with sunscreen and hit the beach at Chena or Tanana lakes.

89 - Calculate how many hours of daylight we have today at www.explorefairbanks.com/midnight-sun-tracker.

90 - Visit with Santa and let him decide if you're on the naughty or nice list.

91 - Grab some friends and cleats to go kick around a soccer ball.

92 - Explore the exhibits on Alaska’s history, nature and culture at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

93 - Head south and view “the High One.”

94 - Stop and smell the flowers in a garden.

95 - Celebrate Fairbanks' gold rush past during Golden Days.

96 - Dine on fresh Alaskan seafood.

97 - Search out a geocache in an urban or remote location.

98 - View the pipeline and learn what a “PIG” has to do with it.

99 - Lace up your sneakers and try a new sport.

100 - Be inspired by a visit to an arts, culture or history venue.

101 - Explore more things to do in Fairbanks, Denali, Alaska's Interior and Arctic at www.explorefairbanks.com.

Sponsored Content

Sponsored Content