Travel Tuesday: Interior Alaska
It’s Travel Tuesday and Daybreak’s travel guru Scott McMurren is doing what he does best: travel.
Right now he’s at the Alaska Travel Industry Association convention, checking out what’s new for travelers in Interior Alaska. Here are some options that, he says, are the reason the Golden Heart City and points beyond are the place to be when the weather turns colder.
We’ve always known our friends in the Interior have a different view of reality, and vivid pictures of the aurora borealis are proof. The northern lights are ablaze north of the Alaska Range and Fairbanks is the jumping off point for many aurora-hunters.
Chena Hot Springs
They offer overnight accommodations and late-night treks to the top of the nearby ridge to see the northern lights. They’ve also constructed a yurt as a warming hut. On a clear night, this is a great place to see the lights, 60 miles from Fairbanks.
More than 200 miles north of Fairbanks on the far side of the Arctic Circle is Coldfoot. Co-owner Brett Carlson says that Coldfoot is right at the center of the “aurora oval,” so there are almost always northern lights visible on clear nights. Sure, you have to stay up until 2-3 a.m., but it’s all part of the hunt!
The Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Train
This train departs northbound each Saturday for a 12-hour ride to Fairbanks. It’s a great ride with some awesome views of Denali along the way. In February and March, the railroad adds some mid-week departures. This is a great way to travel to Fairbanks!
Awesome Ice Carving
– North Pole’s Christmas in Ice runs Nov. 29 to Jan. 4, 2015.
– 2015 BP World Ice Art Championship Feb. 23 to Mar. 29, 2015.
Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race
International sled dog race from Whitehorse to Fairbanks starts Feb. 7, 2015.