in Fairbanks, AK
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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.
Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Fortymile National Wild and Scenic River
Whether you are a boat owner looking to light out or just enjoy relaxing outdoors by the water, you will find the natural solace of the Fortymile National Wild and Scenic River simply irresistible. This is an extensive network of creeks and rivers in east-central Alaska. Interestingly, 392 miles of the river have been given a National Wild and Scenic Recreational River designation. Boaters have many choices and routes available for recreational trips that, despite being different routes, all offer a chance to enjoy the area's breathtaking scenery.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Reserve
201 1st Ave
Fairbanks, AK 99701 Directions
The chill in the air is nearly palpable when you set out to explore the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Reserve. The park is either accessible by foot, car or airplane, and depending on your sense of adventure, there are many ways to experience this unique outdoor area of wilderness. You will encounter craggy ridges, glacier-carved valleys and fragile flowers as you make your way through this amazing park. It should be noted that dogs must be kept on leashes and are only allowed in the backcountry of the park.
Nature lovers and history buffs will have plenty to talk about when visiting Mosquito Lake. Not only is the lake visually appealing with its eye-catching surroundings and tranquil waters, but it also has a historical significance. The area has been occupied intermittently over the past 4,000 years by the ancestors of the modern Nunamiut Eskimos. This was most likely their hunting grounds on which they captured caribou and Dall sheep. In a sense, it is an outdoor living history lesson that is a pleasure to experience and learn.
Fans of nature and the outdoors are truly in their element when they visit the Nenana River. The lush surroundings, the sound of the water and the calming effect of the entire area is something that holds a timeless appeal. This river is a tributary of the Tanana River and runs approximately 150 miles long and welcomes boaters and fishermen as well as admirers of the river's natural amenities.
Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail
Steese Hwy @ Mile 86 & 107
Fairbanks, AK Directions
Nature lovers love communing with nature at every opportunity. One such opportunity is an outdoor excursion on the Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail. This trail offers alpine-style backpacking over the course of its 27.3 miles. Along the way, you can enjoy truly stunning views of the mountains and other scenery that includes several summer wildflowers, alpine azaleas, forget me nots, and lots more.
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