We arrive in Fairbanks the afternoon on March 29th and leave in the early morning on April 5th. The purpose of our trip is to see the lights. We will be staying at Mount Aurora Lodge at Clearly Summit for the entire time. We are renting a 4x4 SUV. There will be 4 of us traveling my husband, me and our 2 girls who are 5 and 8 years old.
I like to learn about the culture and people when we visit places. We like the outdoors. Since our girls are young, we are looking for more experiences so they will have a better chance of remembering the trip. Here are some things we are considering and would love any thoughts and advice.
Ice Sculpture Contest:
We would like to see the ice sculpturing competition on Sunday, March 30th. Hopefully the ice sculptures will still be there.
We are also considering doing some ice fishing. My husband fishes, but we never been ice fishing. It would be nice if we could have a guide since we won't know what we will be doing. It can be pricey for trips where you actually eat what you catch. We won't want to eat the fish and really just want to try it out for the experience. Are there any companies/tours that may be more reasonable? I don't need to fish and just want to watch.
Museum - Thought we would go to U of Alaska Fairbanks museum?
Dog Sledding - Any recommendations for good companies?
Denali - It would be wonderful to go here, but I think it would be a 3 hour trip there and back and thinking that it may not be worth it due to the uncertainty of the road conditions and there isn't much open at this time anyway.
Any other suggestions? We aren't planning to go to North Pole, AK or to the hot springs.
Thank you so much in advance.