Our First Day in Fairbanks on the Best of Alaska

We arrived the night before the day our Best of Alaska trip was to officially start. Flying in to Fairbanks was amazing. This is what 9 pm looked like on July 20, 2014!

Flying into Fairbanks, Alaska

Flying into Fairbanks at 9 pm on July 20, 2014.

Today is the day most of our guests arrived. Some of them, too, arrived yesterday. Including me, my co-host, the tour director and the driver, there are 27 of us who will be embarking on an Alaskan journey that has provided our past guests some of the most memorable moments of their lives.

We explored downtown Fairbanks on our own today. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew tidbits of information: it’s the second largest city in Alaska after Anchorage, founded in 1901, and known as the “Golden Heart City.” All this doesn’t tell you what a city is like, though.

Chena River downtown Fairbanks

The Chena River flows through downtown Fairbanks.

Fairbanks certainly is rustic. I was expecting a more Cosmopolitan feel given that it’s the second largest city in the Great Land, but as someone who has only lived in large cities, Fairbanks feels more like small town of a few thousand instead of a city of approximately 32,000.

Street scene Fairbanks

Downtown Fairbanks street scene.

I didn’t witness any speeding. People weren’t in a rush. It’s all part of the Alaskan charm!

We came across a couple memorials and it got me wondering what role Fairbanks played in World War II.

Veterans Memorial, Fairbanks, Alaska

Veterans Memorial in downtown Fairbanks.

World War II memorial, Fairbanks

World War II memorial in another part of downtown Fairbanks.

I could look into on my own, but that’s what our Tour Director is for! She was available from 3 pm to 8 pm today in the lobby of our hotel to answer any questions our guests may have.

Jen Tour Director

Jen is our tour director of the entire duration of our land tour. Doesn’t she have the warmest smile?

Jen has been sharing her intimate knowledge of Alaska for 10 years as a professional guide. And tomorrow, as we go on a tour of Fairbanks, I’ll make sure to ask her about this.

Also on the itinerary for tomorrow: Riverboat Discovery Cruise on the Chena River, Fairbanks sightseeing, and a salmon bake dinner at Pioneer Park. I hope you’ll follow along on our adventure.

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About Vanny

Vanny is Cruise Experts Travel’s Social Media Coordinator. She is a passionate world traveler and has been given an exciting opportunity to share experiences, tips and advice on everything cruising and travel in Alaska.
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