101 Ways to Explore Winter with Explore Fairbanks


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

2 - Chase the northern lights with the help of the Aurora Tracker at www.explorefairbanks.com/aurora-tracker.

3 - Make sure to Explore Fairbanks responsibly!

4 - See what’s on display in a local museum.

5 - Check out more exciting ideas in the 2021-22 Winter Guide.

6 - Discover everything that downtown Fairbanks has to offer.

7 - Chill out and hang with the ice sculptures.

8 - Focus your camera and document your travels.

9 - Stay warm next to a fire.

10 - Step on the rails and learn how to mush your own team of sled dogs.

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

12 - Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa or cider.

13 - Test your adventurous spirit in Denali National Park.

14 - Dine on Alaskan seafood.

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

16 - Learn what makes UAF “Naturally Inspiring.”

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

18 - Check out dancing Christmas lights from your car.

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

20 - Become part of the 40 below club.

21 - Glide down a mountain on your skis or snowboard.

22 - Capture a magical sunrise or sunset in a photo.

23 - Shop at a local retailer to get the latest winter gear.

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

25 - Taste a variety of locally-brewed beer.

26 - Curl up with a book from the library.

27 - Watch gold nuggets be fashioned into jewelry.

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

29 - Make a snowman and see if they'll come to life.

30 - Celebrate the days growing longer again after Winter Solstice.

31 - Cuddle with puppies on a kennel tour.

32 - Be mesmerized by fireworks.

33 - Step into your bindings go for a cross country skiing adventure.

34 - Drop into a gallery to see locally-made art.

35 - Lace up your skates at a local rink or frozen lake.

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

37 - Grab a copy of the Fairbanks Visitors Guide that's full of ideas of things to do.

38 - Visit local monuments and statues.

39 - Snap a selfie on your winter adventures.

40 - Drill a hole in the ice, bait your hook and catch a fish. (Don’t forget your fishing license!)

41 - Sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

42 - Take to the trails on a fat tire bike.

43 - Stop by the pipeline and learn what a “PIG” has to do with it.

44 - Sample cuisine from around the world.

45 - Revel in Fairbanks' gold rush history at Pioneer Park.

46 - Donate used clothing, winter gear and household items to a local non-profit.

47 - Make your way to an ice cave.

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

49 - Learn how to prepare for the elements by watching Explore Fairbanks' How to Dress for Winter video at www.explorefairbanks.com/winter.

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

51 - Take a guided snowmachine tour or hop on your own and go for a ride.

52 - Warm up with coffee from a local roaster.

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

54 - Hook up to your dog and go skijoring.

55 - Throw a rock toward the house…but only on a sheet of curling ice.

56 - Sled down every hill in town.

57 - Marvel at antique cars.

58 - Eat a meal from your favorite restaurant.

59 - Strike a pose under the Antler Arch.

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

61 - Cheer on the Nanooks and the Ice Dogs.

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

63 - Watch the raising of the tripod in Nenana.

64 - Spend some time with muskox or reindeer.

65 - Meander around Wander Lake.

66 - View the landscape from the sky on a flightseeing tour.

67 - Participate in the Fairbanks North Star Borough's Winter Trails Challenge.

68 - Learn about Alaska Native culture.

69 - Strap on some snowshoes and explore the snow-covered wilderness.

70 - See giant burl animals along the Richardson Highway.

71 - Shop for Made In Alaska gifts.

72 - Get tips on taking photos of the aurora from a local photographer.

73 - See who can make the best snow angel.

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

75 - Seek out a geocache in an urban or remote location.

76 - Go with the flow in a yoga class.

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

78 - Send a letter with an official North Pole postmark.

79 - Keep your feet warm in Coldfoot.

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

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

82 - Toss around some snowballs.

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

84 - Plan for your Spring Break adventures.

85 - Visit the historic mining town of Ester.

86 - Check out Winterfest in Denali.

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

88 - Fill your water bottle with fresh spring water.

89 - Discover new treasures at an antique shop.

90 - Take in an incredible artistic performance.

91 - Climb aboard and ride the rails.

92 - Have your picture taken at the Arctic Circle sign after taking a tour up Dalton Highway.

93 - Feel the excitement at a dog sled race.

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

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

96 - Volunteer your time to a worthy cause.

97 - Grab your shovel and help out a friend.

98 - Pick up a meal from your favorite food hut or stand.

99 - Camp in a public-use cabin.

100 - Wait for the aurora to come out while waiting in a lodge or yurt.

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

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