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Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge

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.

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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.

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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

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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 Princess

Riverside Lodge

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.

Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge

4477 Pikes Landing Road
Fairbanks, AK

Phone: 907-455-4477

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Land Excursions in Fairbanks, Alaska

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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Tours can be booked directly with Princess Lodges or through Princess Cruises, online or contact their shore and land excursions desk.

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Kenai Princess Alaska Hotel

Kenai Princess

Top-notch salmon is only steps away from this well-appointed Alaska lodge.

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Explore Cooper Landing

Lake Clark Bear Camp

Kenai Nature Hike

Gold Panning With Prospector John

Cooper Landing Trail Ride

Kenai Upper River Sportfishing

Alaska Husky Spirit

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Kenai River Scenic Float

Kenai Canyon River Rafting

Explore Historic Seward

 

Denali Princess Alaska Hotel

Denali Princess

This gorgeous Alaska lodge is the perfect starting point for your wilderness adventure.

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Tundra Wilderness Tour

Kantishna Experience

Teklanika Tour

Natural History Tour

Wilderness Living & Dog Cart Ride

Denali Excursion by Helicopter

Music of Denali Dinner Theatre

Husky Homestead

Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari

Covered Wagon Adventure with Backcountry Dining

Black Diamond ATV Adventure

Black Diamond Treasure Hunt

Denali Jet Boat Safari

Discover Denali Flightseeing

Nenana Gorge Whitewater

Nenana Wilderness Run

Summit McKinley Flight Tour

McKinley Glacier Landing by Plane

Denali Glacier Landing by Helicopter

Denali Fly-Fishing for Arctic Grayling

Alaska Adventure Walking Tour

Tundra Mountain Golfing

Fairbanks Princess Alaska Hotel

Fairbanks Princess

Conveniently located on the Chena River's edge in the interior of Alaska.

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Midnight Sun Dinner & Float trip

Chena Hot Springs & Ice Museum

Salmon Bake and Palace Theatre

Alaskan Hummer Tours

Journey Above the Arctic Circle

Gold Dredge # 8

The Riverboat Discovery Cruise

Arctic Circle Air Adventure

 

Mt. McKinley Princess Alaska Hotel

Mt. McKinley Princess

Picture-perfect wilderness retreat just south of Alaska's Denali National Park.

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Alaska Sportfishing

Summit Flight

Alaska Survival Tour

Three Rivers Tour

McKinley Wilderness Trail Ride

Horse-drawn Wagon Ride

Trapper Creek Homestead Tour

Black Bear ATV Adventure

Byers Lake Nature Walk

Denali Wilderness Hike

Backcountry Wilderness Adventure

Byers Lake Paddle Trip

Devils Canyon Adventure

Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure

Chulitna River Rafting

Talkeetna River Float Trip

McKinley Discovery Tour

Glacier Landing Explorer Tour

Sun Dog Kennels

Copper River Princess Alaska Hotel

Copper River Princess

A wall of windows boasts grand views of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

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Historic Flight Adventure

Sled Dog Demonstration & Ride

Salmon Fishing by Raft

Jet Boat Salmon Fishing

Copper Country Discovery Tour

Worthington Glacier Hike

Valdez Coastal Kayak Adventure

Scenic Wilderness Rafting

Backcountry Whitewater Rafting

Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise

Wrangell-St. Elias Air Panorama

Klutina Whitewater Jetboat Adventure

Copper River Scenic Jet Boat tour

 


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