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My daughter (25) and her boyfriend are heading over in the next 2 weeks for a birthday trip to see the aurora (hopefully) Any advice on what to bring, its 78 here in NYC today! and they arent in the winter mood yet. Also since they have learned that October is not the best time to visit Fairbanks for winter activities I have been trying to find some fun things for them to do. Any info on the Artic circle tour? Is it worth the time? How about the Running Reindeer ranch? It seem like that they will have to be doing a lot of driving between places and they only have 5 days! Any info is MUCH appreciated. BTW where is the nearest supermarket from the airport, they will be staying at the Aurora B lodge and will have to have supplies.

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1. Re: Hows the weather...

What sort of things are they interested in? Tough for strangers to just suggest blindly. That said, there are museums in Fairbanks including the Museum of the North at the Univ of AK/Fairbanks . . . and the new cultural center downtown.

Best wishes on the aurora as it will be hit n miss. Why are they staying out of town at the Aurora Borealis Lodge? Can they change that to avoid so much driving?

As for arctic circle tours, you can do a "search" here on the forums for input on the tours offered that are drive or fly/drive up to the arctic circle.

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2. Re: Hows the weather...

Nearest grocery stores to the airport are the Fred Meyer and Safeway. Fred Meyer is usually cheaper than Safeway.

Was nice there on Saturday - even a few leaves on the trees. :)

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It snowed last night a little but it is sticking. It's over 30 right now on my front porch so not too cold.

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My wife and I are planning a visit to Fairbanks later this year, also staying at the Aurora Borealis Lodge. Here is some stuff we have identified to do while we are there:

Museum of the North at UAF

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum (only open Sundays in winter)

Alyeska Pipeline Visitor's Center, just north of town

Chena Resort (hot springs, ice museum, other activities)

There is also Denali National Park, which is just a couple of hours drive to the south. I believe the Park Rd is already closed for winter, but you can still drive to the Winter Visitor's Center where there are some hiking trails. Or they could do a Denali flightseeing tour out of Talkeetna, just south of the park.

I don't know much about Arctic Circle tours, but there are daily flights from Fairbanks to Barrow on the North Slope. October is fall whaling season, and supposedly a good time to see polar bears out near Point Barrow.

With 8-9 hours of daylight each day, I should not think it too difficult to find activities - hope they have fun!


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5. Re: Hows the weather...

Hi again Jim,

That's a great list but I think that a daughter and her boyfriend going have to decide what interests them.

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6. Re: Hows the weather...

Hi all,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this info! One more quick question ... have the Aurora been visible lately? They get in this Thursday!

Thank you!

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