Headed down the Seward Highway from Anchorage, almost right across the street from Portage Glacier Rd, is one of the most beautiful conservation centers Ive ever seen. Set up in the Chugach National Park with majestic glacier capped mountains in the background is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Visitors have an opportunity to get an up close view of AK wildlife including elk, caribou, owls, bears and this moose, among many others. You have the option of walking ir driving through, but i highly recommend the walk. Its not a very expansive place but it is just absolutely incredible to see and you will not get the full experience from the inside of a car. Best of all, all of the proceeds from their entrance fees goes back into the conservation center! Crystal clear waters at Wander Lake
#TroveOn Awesome antique tractor on display at creamers field Endless ducks at Wander Lake! Chena Hot Springs is a great place to check out year-round, however, i think it is particularly beautiful to go to in the winter. In fact, the colder the better! A dip in the 106 degree(ish) water takes the bite away from -40 temperatures in the most luxurious and enjoyable way possible. $15 gets you an all-day pass so you can enjoy them on your schedule and make a most of everything else the resort has to offer, such as snowshooeing and mobiling, dogsledding, the ice museum (and bar!) and aurora watching. There's nothing better than relaxing in its mineral-rich waters among snowy trees and rocks watching the steam curl off the water. I love, love, love this place! Aurora season is in full swing in Fairbanks and it has not been disappointing!
#colorful Fall colors in Creamers Field on the Taiga Trail to Wander Lake Nighttime is back in Fairbanks and that means it's aurora season again! (Even though it's still happening during the long days of sunlight over the summer- you just can't see it). If you're in the far north in the fall, look up after it gets dark. Fall is short but it's a great opportunity to see it before it dips to -40. #lovemytown Something extraordinary was happening in the sky! Chena Hot Springs offers a wide variety of wintertime activities. Be sure to check out dogsledding while you're there- you'll never want to drive a car again! Stop in the activity center to sign up- I think it was about $60/person for a half hour run. The activity center can also hook you up with anything else you wanted to try. Aurora viewing is great at Creamer's Field. It's wide open, fairly dark and close to town for those who don't want to travel far. #colorful A dancing Aurora over sleepy Fairbanks Fall is such a short season here that it is important to get out and see the colors while you can! A walk through Creamers Field can leave you awestruck with its beautiful display of yellows and oranges. Our Just some cute musk oxen doing their musk oxen thing. A beautiful aurora dancing over fairbanks and it's frosty trees #snow
Wetlands trail There's nothing like a beautiful ribbon-y aurora dancing through the sky over your head to remind you that you are very lucky to live where you do. (photo taken with Nikon D5100 with 35 mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens. Edited for noise reduction with adobe photoshop. I should really get a tripod). Flowers on the Wetlands Trail :) Taiga trail to Wander Lake ( GREAT place to view wildlife!) Dog sledding in Alaska - one of my best memories from there! :) This frost has been here for 2 months now. It is amazing to me how nothing melts. Creamers field 11:30 at night Misty view from the top of Birch Hill after this mornings rainy run The Chena Hot Springs in winter at night is a must see- i highly recommend it! The hot water is a contrast from the -20 weather. Youre kept so warm that you dont even notice the icicles forming on your wet hair. The crystal clear starry night adds to the ambiance in what is one ofthe truely most wonderful experiences of a lifetime. I wasn't leaving Alaska until I saw the Aurora Borealis and it showed up. It put on seven amazing shows for us before we had to head back down to the lower 48.
http://www.liferidingshotgun.com/2015/08/alaska-last-frontier.html Chinooks on the flight line at sunrise :) Alaska (along with most of the northern hemisphere!) was graced by a breathtaking show on Tuesday night! I hauled my camera and tripod for our traditional fight in the -20 (or -30, I don't know, it was just plain cold) degree weather and walked myself over to Creamer's Field where I was treated to this amazing view. For hours the aurora danced overhead- it was spectacular! I was lucky enough to have the entire field to myself! That's the way to do it, aurora hunters! At least, in this girl's opinion. A close up of the iconic Antler Arch at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center in downtown Fairbanks. The arch is made up of over 100 different caribou and moose antlers that were donated from hunters from all across interior Alaska. They were assembled in this arch in Fairbanks in the spirit of intertwining stories of the hunter livelihood across Alaska celebrating sustinance and unity. Check out those beautiful trees! During the brief summer months, the trails at Creamer's Field are full of families going for walks, dog owners and mosquitoes. If you're feeling brave (and bundle up good), this is a great place to find some tranquility and a whole lotta beauty in the winter. The paths are still easy to see, thanks to the dedicated folks who still show up to walk their dogs- though you will rarely actually see these people... Or anyone for that matter. Just be mindful of your step as you are walking on top of several inches of ice and snow. This is personally one of my favorite places to run in the winter! Ice glasses on ice plates on the ice bar. The appletini is all real, though. (aurora ice bar, chena hot springs resort)
#BarLove Colorful ukulele display. I'm not the proud owner of a yellow one. I think I'll name her Uli. The staff was incredibly helpful and it's overall just a neat little shop on College Rd. Cooooldest winter I've ever experienced. ⛄️❄️
#alaska Beautiful light coming in through the trees as summer is approaching. Winter scene at creamers field One of the best things about living in Alaska is the light show! We got treated to this right from our porch: no travelling required! Creamers Field Boreal Trail in Fairbanks, AK at 10 pm Winter wonderland #fairbanks #alaska Halloweens coming :) The Aurora Ice Bar is one of Chena Hot Springs awesome attractions. Its located inside their pretty impressive ice museum. $15 gets you a tour of the museum and another $15 gets you their signature (and very strong) appletini. You can sip it from a fur covered stool at the bar. Everything, including the glass you can keep (which is traditionally smashed on the ground outside the museum) is made of ice.
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#BarLove The trees here seem to take on a different appearance as the cold season creeps closer Chena Hot Springs Resort offers a large variety of activities year-round. One of those is snow shoeing, both a fantastic and frusterating experience lol you can rent a pair at their activity center for $7.50/hr or a flat $25 a day. There are several trails around the resort ranging from an easy walk to a strenuous climb. This one was the mountain ridge trail, a 3 mile easy walk around the resort that held some pretty fantastic views, especially at sunset. Once you master the art of moving in a snow shie, its a surprisingly enjoyable way to spend the afternoon! :) Alaska has some of the most amazing views I have ever seen- including web you look straight up! The sky is so big here and the clouds seem to follow their own rules! Lake on the forest trail Many birds flock to Creamers Field as the snow melts. Similarly, many people from across the world gather to watch! It's absolutely beautiful early in the morning. The boreal trail! (beautiful but deadly. Bring lots of mosquito spray!)
Creamers field's Taiga Trail is quickly becoming one of my favorite places for a hike. The trail is short (maybe about 2 miles out to and around wander lake and back) but it is beautifully maintained and offers a great view of wildlife and waterfowl. Very peaceful Old apartment building by the golden heart plaza needs some renovating :) The dairy barn! There doesn't seem to be too much going on at Pioneer Park during the winter (except the pretty lights), but it is more than worth checking out in the summer. They host the salmon bake (for about $30/person you get all you can eat salmon, steak, desserts, drinks and everything in between and it is GOOD food!) throughout the summer and it is also a fun park to take your kids to. There is plenty for adults to do, too (such as an art exhibit and shows). A must see. Some flowers and a rainbow from the front of the dairy barn A mushroom walks into a bar and asks the bartender if she'll go on a date. She said no and he asks The pond here attracts hundreds of birds as the ice breaks up before summer. A wooden one lane bridge in the Chena Bend Golf Course that you can access to get to some pretty awesome ATV trails So green on the trails behind UAF. I wanted to fall asleep there haha Chena Hot Springs offers plenty to do year-round. Aside from dogsledding, snowshoeing, and of course the ice bar, this lake freezes in the winter turning Moose Pond into a great place for ice skating. ..though the moose don't always know that. You'll still see them! The World Eskimo Indian Olympics is AMAZING to watch. There are many sports unique to the culture and athletes come from around the Arctic area to compete. There is a Miss WEIO competition among the ladies and they dress up in full regalia which is absolutely stunning. This picture was taken on the opening night during the blanket toss event. 40 or so volunteers toss an athlete up into the air on this giant blanket and they are judged on the height of the jump and the grace in which they complete it. The thing that amazed me the most was that they landed on their feet back on the blanket! It was really great to see! Tickets are usually $10-$12 per day and the event covers 4 days. Sven's Basecamp Hostel in Fairbanks has some of the coolest accommodation options--such as this treehouse, a tipi, cabins, wall tent glamping, etc. Sven also has a couple cute dogs and one teeny tiny husky puppy that everyone fought over to hold. Rent canoes here as well. Showers are costly (25 cents per minute!) but only because their water has to be brought in via truck so they try not to use too much too quickly. Wifi available.
More on www.ajauntwithjoy.com Awesome restaurant, very popular place. The food was good but I've always been partial to dessert ;) Quickly becoming my favorite place for a dip Mmm tako! For anyone never having tried octopus... It's pretty delicious ;)
#restaurant Birch Hill, Ft Wainwright side There's something unexpectedly pretty about fireworks in the A rainy walk through the park :) Nothing like a caribou and swiss sandwich from the Loose Moose Cafe (Airport Rd). Not only do they have sandwiches, but also offer ice cream and sell various alaska meat products from inside the shop (think buffalo, reindeer and caribou)
#restaurant Another shot of a pond at creamers field that attracts a huge amount of birds, including wading birds and geese. First Rome, and then the world! These fish live at the Mayflower Buffet, which is a pretty decent Chinese buffet in the area. They advocate California rolls. Another spectacular show of northern lights #alaska #northernlights #lifeatexpedia The love of a man and a cinnamon bun the size of his face... Check out this little guy! So cute! And so trusting! Lol It doesn't look like much in the outside, but Ajimi on 3rd st in Fairbanks just glows inside. The space is beautifully done and the food is artistically presented. A little pricey but it's good sushi and good atmosphere. Shake maker at the colorful, exciting Loose Moose Cafe on Airport Rd. a beautiful sight ;) Saw this guy chilling on the door of Grassroots Guitar Ctr on College Rd. pretty sweet! I stayed here in the glass gazebo for a night and found it was a pretty good hostel, however I like Sven's Basecamp Hostel in town more.
Billie's is close to the bus system and walking distance to a few attractions in Fairbanks though, and she (Billie the owner) has two overweight pugs and a homey feeling. Free showers unlike Sven's which was one pro over the other hostel.
More on www.ajauntwithjoy.com Wall tent glamping at Sven's Hostel in Fairbanks.
More on www.ajauntwithjoy.com Birch hill ski slope, ft wainwright So this is jet tea! It's the first time I've ever had it. It's apparently a tea smoothie with flavoring (mandarin in this case, if you're wondering...) Delicious! A general view of part of the resort A vendors fair over the weekend with lots of art, jewelry and food A fun spot to have a drink and people watch. Sample six 4 ounce beers for $12. If you go for a pint, the porter and stout are particularly nice. Going out to eat and took a pic of the pretty sun set and the train track. I went to the hockey game it was army agents air-force and army won 6 to 0 Moose antler arch near downtown Fairbanks AK. Claimed to be northernmost antler arch. Sven's Basecamp Hostel office...cutest cabin I've seen in AK so far. Loved this hostel in Fairbanks.
More on www.ajauntwithjoy.com Made it to Alaska! So pretty took this on the north side just look at this pretty sun set This was so good
The amazing Aurora Borealis north of Fairbanks. #northenlights #auroroborealis #alaska #lifeatexpedia Going to the px on post and look it snowed yesterday Antler Arch at museum in Fairbanks Alaska. Coming home from post wide trick or treat and took a pick It's a Awsome place to hangout with friends and family 👍🏼 The best sandy beach in Fairbanks One of the best places to view northern lights aka Aurora Borealis in north america, is Fairbanks, Alaska. The day I captured this picture, the aurora lit up the whole sky with green and pink colors for almost 2 hours. Inuit people call them 'dancing of the gods' and is a surreal experience. Best time to see the lights is between September and March and is one of the world wonders #lifeatexpedia Woke up this morning to the my dog out and saw this!!
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Get an overview of this hotelIn downtown Fairbanks near government offices

Popular property highlights

Free parking
Free WiFi
Restaurant
Business center
Laundry facilities

Adjacent river path

Walking and running paths adjacent to this downtown Fairbanks hotel wind along the Chena River; various government offices are within 3 blocks and Fort Wainwright is 1 mile away.

Business Center

This hotel features a business center and a fitness center. Also, complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby area. Guests can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet through April 30th.

2 guest towers

Rooms or suites are in the 8-story south tower or 4-story north tower and have free WiFi, TVs and multi-line phones. Suites offer microwaves and compact refrigerators.

Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In downtown Fairbanks within three blocks of government offices, the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center is a mile from Fort Wainwright.

Red Lantern Steaks and Spirits provides a menu of American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During summer months, Northern Latitudes is open for light fare. Coffee and snacks are available for purchase year-round in the gift shop.

Other complimentary amenities include a fitness center, business center, and wireless Internet access in the lobby area.

  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Designated smoking areas 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Business center 
  • Conference space 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Meeting rooms 13 
  • Total number of rooms - 400 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free self parking 
  • Number of floors - 8 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Wedding services 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Television 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Desk 
  • Free local calls 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (free) 

Where to Eat

Red Lantern Steaks and Spirits - American fare. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner; bar open from early evening to late evening.

Northern Latitudes - Soups, salads, sandwiches, and other light fare. Open during summer months.

Northern Wonders Gifts & Espresso - Coffee and snacks. Open from early morning to late evening.

Complimentary hot breakfast buffet is served through April 30th.

Nearby Things to Do

Provided at the hotel is a complimentary fitness center with cardio equipment.

A walking and running path just outside the hotel's door winds along the nearby Chena River. Cross-country skiing is available seasonally within five miles of the hotel. Fairbanks Golf & Country Club, open to the public, is 6.5 miles away.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Snowmobiling nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Snowshoeing nearby 
  • Cross-country skiing nearby 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at 5 AM

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Free rollaway/extra beds!
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

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