EXPLORE LOCAL THIS WINTER WITH EXPLORE FAIRBANKS - 101 THINGS TO DO:
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.