If you’re searching for authentic hotels in Fairbanks Alaska, look no further. Princess’ Fairbanks Riverside Lodge is the answer. Fairbanks was founded by miners consumed with the gold fever that swept Alaska at the turn of the century. As gateway to Alaska’s rugged Interior, this is where the real Alaska begins — the Alaska of the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. Here, at the edge of Alaska’s vast wilderness frontier, is a haven of warm service and exceptional comfort — the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.
The most refined hotel in Fairbanks Alaska is also its best situated. Ideally located just minutes from the Fairbanks International Airport and Alaska Railroad depot, it offers a free shuttle to both. The property is also convenient to the downtown area and the University of Alaska Fairbanks as well as popular attractions such as the El Dorado Gold Mine, the Riverboat Discovery, and Pioneer Park.
For Your Pleasure
There are other Fairbanks hotels, but none quite compare to Princess. After a day in the Golden Heart city, return to this quiet retreat on the banks of the Chena River. Rejuvenate yourself with a brisk workout in the health club, followed by a refreshing steam bath. Then enjoy a relaxing meal at one of our dining venues. With beautifully landscaped grounds and a terraced deck extending to the water's edge, the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge is a perfect choice for your Fairbanks accommodations.
Princess Comfort in the Heart of Alaska
Each of our Fairbanks hotel rooms is elegantly appointed with comfortable amenities. Guest rooms have two double beds or one king bed, and cable television. Fairbanks hotels also provide beautiful scenery, and ours is no exception. Many rooms boast commanding views of the Chena River, including the Caribou Suite.
The Choice is Yours
Anytime you stay with Princess, you're sure to sample excellent cuisine in remarkable settings. The Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge carries on that tradition. Enjoy sophisticated cuisine and serene views of the Chena River while dining in the Edgewater Restaurant. Visit Trackers Lounge for spirits, appetizers and light fare or stroll out to the Riverview deck to sip your favorite beverage and select from a menu of tantalizing treats while relaxing at river's edge.
Your stay in one of our premiere Alaska hotels isn't complete without some classic souvenirs. Season's Gifts and Coffee offers a variety of snacks and your favorite espresso beverage in addition to a fine selection of collectible art crafted by native Alaskans.
Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge Activities
Established by the discovery of gold by Felix Pedro in 1902, Fairbanks is located in the Tanana Valley of Alaska's interior. In the early 20th century, sternwheelers carried settlers and miners along the Chena and Tanana Rivers, as they do visitors today.
The second largest city in Alaska, Fairbanks is named the "Golden Heart City" for its historical and modern gold industries and for its central location. The city serves as the hub of the region known as Alaska's Interior. In the summer, visitors and residents alike enjoy nearly 24 hours of light daily.
Visitors have many Fairbanks activities to choose from. Experience Fairbanks' rich Gold Rush history via sternwheeler, or visit one of the region's many gold mines. The Arctic Circle and the Yukon River are just a short flight away. Playing a round of golf under the midnight sun is always a favorite pastime. Learn More About:
Alaska Land Excursions - Sightseeing Tours
Your Home for Viewing the Northern Lights
Catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis)
dancing across the sky above and you will never forget the
ribbons of green, yellow and red. Fairbanks is the perfect spot
to view this natural wonder. The best months to catch the
Northern Lights are December through March. The staff at the
Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge are more than happy to wake
you for the display (on request, of course).
Fairbanks was founded by miners consumed with the gold fever that swept Alaska at the turn of the century. As gateway to Alaska's rugged Interior, this is where the real Alaska begins — the Alaska of the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun.
The Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge is ideally located just minutes from the Fairbanks International Airport, on the banks of the Chena River.
Get a taste of Fairbank's frontier past on a Sternwheeler riverboat cruise, visit a historic gold mine or join an authentic Alaskan salmon bake and musical revue. The Arctic Circle and the Yukon River are also just a short flight away.
Browse below to view Alaska shore excursions that interest you most. To learn more, Go here.
Activities & Adventures
Arctic Circle Air Adventure – Now's your chance to take off on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and explore the Arctic Circle by air. From Fairbanks, you'll fly north over gold-mining fields, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and the magnificent Brooks Range before landing in the Arctic Circle where you'll receive an Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate.
Midnight Sun Dinner & Float Trip – Enjoy dinner at a log cabin restaurant and then a gentle river raft float trip on the picturesque Chena River under the ''Midnight Sun'' on this memorable tour.
Journey Above the Arctic Circle – Fly across the Arctic Circle and land on the banks of the Yukon River. Visit Fort Yukon, an area so remote, it's only reachable by air nine months of the year. Then tour a native village and learn about the Athebascan unique and rustic way of life.
Gold Dredge 8 – Bring the family for a fun-filled adventure aboard the Tanana Valley Railroad and ride into gold mining history. Once the train arrives at the camp, you will receive a brief but informative course in mining, and then you will try panning for yourself! You will find gold, we guarantee it!
Chena Hot Springs & Ice Museum – Enjoy an icy-hot visit to The Chena Hot Springs Resort's Ice Museum and geothermal hot springs, the world's largest year-'round ice attraction. You'll be mesmerized by the ever-changing ice chandeliers and sculptures. Relax at the Ice Bar, have a scrumptious dinner and take a dip in the hot springs.
Alaska Salmon Bake & Palace Theatre – Indulge in a scrumptious meal of King salmon, slow-roasted beef, beer-battered cod and all-you-can-eat baked beans, rolls, dessert, coffee, tea and lemonade. After dinner stroll over to the Palace Theatre for a special rendition of Fairbanks' history and folklore through original songs and light-hearted stories.
Sightseeing & City Tours
The Riverboat Discovery Cruise – Take a journey back in time aboard the sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for an excursion into the Alaskan wilderness. Travel along the Chena and Tanana rivers and watch a fish wheel in action. Then dock for a tour of a Chena Indian village and meet an Iditarod winner's sled dog team.
Riverboat Discovery Cruise & Gold Dredge 8 Combo – The ultimate Fairbanks combination tour! Journey back in time aboard the sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery for a cruise along the Chena and Tanana rivers followed by a fun-filled adventure aboard the Tanana Valley Railroad as you ride into gold mining history.
Alaskan Hummer Tour – Journey into the Alaskan wilderness aboard a chauffer driven military-issued Hummer. Visit a remote section of the Alaskan pipeline and Creamer's Field, a migratory waterfowl refuge. Enjoy a complimentary snack along with views of Mt. McKinley and the occasional wolf, moose or falcon.
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