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Fairbanks City Highlight Tour

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Fairbanks, United States
Fairbanks City Highlight Tour
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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English

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Get to know Fairbanks, called the ‘Golden Heart City,’ on this 5-hour sightseeing tour. Visit the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center for an intro into the city’s history and culture, and admire the architecture at the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North. Feast your eyes on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the world’s largest pipeline, and wrap up your day at the Santa Claus House in the North Pole. Hotel transport included.
  • 5-hour sightseeing tour of Fairbanks
  • Visit highlight attractions including the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center and the Museum of the North
  • Meet Mr and Mrs Claus at the North Pole!
  • See the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and learn about its construction
  • Hear about the history and culture from an informative guide
  • Round-trip transport from select Fairbanks hotels included
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We pick up from all major hotel in Fairbanks within city limits, not Airbnb nor private residences. All other locations please contact us for pick-up information.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please note Santa may not be present every day. His hours and appearances are subject to change without notice. A visit with Santa is not guaranteed.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum age 5-year-old.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY 1st Alaska Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Fairbanks City Highlight Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fairbanks City Highlight Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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, Aug 2021
Terry is very accommodating & friendly! offered good info about each part of the trip! she made us feel very at home with her ! awesome experience
Wonderful experience.
, Jul 2021
This tour was great. The Ice Museum was a little smaller than I expected but still great. And the Hot Springs was wonderful. Would definitely do it again. Our guide was very attentive and available for whatever we needed. Great place to visit, eat, explore, and relax.
Alaska history
, Jul 2021
Viewing & learning about the Alaska pipeline. Also enjoyed the history & taxidermy @the museums. Thought the trip to North Pole was a waste of time for adults.
Good city tour, if you are short of time to explore on your own
, Jul 2021
Pickup was on time, very organized trip with evenly timed stops. Lovely both of the museums, overall Joe did a good job!
Great tour
, Jul 2021
Good tour. Guide knowledgeable and very nice. Covered some great highlights. Saw a lot in five hours.
A really interesting tour
, Sep 2019
This was a pretty comprehensive tour of Fairbanks. Our guide Randy was excellent with amazing knowledge on every relevant subject. Well worth doing.
Amazing Tour with Alyssa
Mary H
, Aug 2018
This was our first taste of Alaska and, thanks to Alyssa, it was amazing! She personalized the tour with many stories & answered all our questions. She even brought my purse that I left on the van back to the hotel to me! Thanks Alyssa!
Great Guide and Interesting Tour
, Jul 2018
We did this tour with our 10 year old granddaughter. We were the only ones on the tour this day but our Guide, Gary Tupper, was excellent, sharing a lot of local knowledge as well. The museums were interesting and informative for us all. We found the pipeline very interesting and unfortunately did hit one of Santa's days off, but nonetheless, the shop was extensive. We also stopped at a wood shop Gary knew and it was interesting how the can make bowls and decorative items from wood. We did purchase a bowl commemorating how home state's statehood. Gary never rushed us and made the trip even more interesting with his local knowledge. I recommend both the tour and particularly Gary. We would definitely do it again if we return to Fairbanks.
Our tour guide was at our hotel...
Linda C
, Jun 2018
Our tour guide was at our hotel promptly. He took us on a brief tour of Fairbanks, the Morris Thompson Cultural Center, a segment of the Alaskan pipeline, the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska, and a visit to North Pole, a town outside of Fairbanks that has a year-round Christmas shop. He walked us through the Morris Thompson Cultural Center. The highlight was the Museum of the North. Admission was included in the tour, but it was self-guided. They have a magnificent collection of artifacts, bones, art, and more. The pipeline segment was interesting. I could have done without the Christmas Shop.
It was a good tour. Our tour guide...
, May 2018
It was a good tour. Our tour guide Randy was very informative and quite a character. He was our guide the day before going to the arctic circle. I really enjoyed going to the North Pole and meeting Santa.
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This is a good tour for snapshot of...
, Oct 2017
This is a good tour for snapshot of the city plus drive down to see the trans-Alaska pipeline and the Santa Claus house. Guide provides info of the city during the trip.
Santa Clause has day offs that can...
Cynthia V
, Aug 2017
Santa Clause has day offs that can change without notice. That information should have been posted on the disclaimers and the ads. The visiting sites are just ok, no wow factors. The van smells heavy cigarette smoke. The tour is way over price. We went on a day when there was no Santa Clause at Santa Clause house. We was not aware when we booked the tour.
2 travelers found this review helpful
This is a very worthwhile tour, our...
Midji R
, Aug 2017
This is a very worthwhile tour, our tour guide is very knowledgeable, he picked us up promptly at 8 am in the hotel. We went to North Pole to see Santa's house which is also a gift shop, then to Santa's barn to see his 8 beautiful Reindeers! We also visited Trans Alaska Pipeline, a couple of museum, one is a Community museum at down town Fairbanks, and the second one is a modern and beautiful Museum of the North - managed by University of Alaska in Fairbanks. Our guide accompanied us during the museum visit, and gave us further inside knowledge of the local terrains during different season, and how the native Alaskan travel during those time.
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Brandon, our guide arrived promptly...
Richard S
, Aug 2017
Brandon, our guide arrived promptly at 8 and it turned out that we were the only two people on this tour. He was very enthusiastic and exceptionally knowledgeable about the Fairbanks area as well as the native people who originally inhabited Alaska. We visited the Fairbanks native peoples cultural center and learned more about the people who originally inhabited Alaska. Brandon guided us through the exhibits and explained how the artifacts related to the very survival of the original Alaskan people. We then visited the Alaskan Pipeline and saw how it was constructed. We also visited University of Alaska at Fairbanks where they had a very fine museum of more recent Alaskan history. Our last stop was to the city of the North Pole where we visited and took pictures with Santa Claus. Surprisingly, they also had a Christmas Gift Shop there too. It was a great day tour!
Excellent tour with interesting...
James P
, Jul 2017
Excellent tour with interesting information very well presented by Tristen. It was great that Tristen was a native of Fairbanks and had many valuable pieces of historical information. He was able to put them into context so that we were able to get a very good picture of Fairbanks and how it came to be, from founding to the present. He also was able to discuss how it might evolve as future events might impact the future of Fairbanks. Tristen was very patient and thorough in his descriptions at the various stops and along the way between stops. He was able to present an excellent overview of Fairbanks over the course of this tour. FIVE STARS earned.
Worth the money the tour takes the...
Phil F
, Jul 2017
Worth the money the tour takes the worry out of driving, parking and sightseeing. The very knowledgeable driver/tour guide adds tremendously to the visit to Fairbanks
Aug 24,2016 this is a really great...
, Sep 2016
Aug 24,2016 this is a really great tour. we saw a lot and our guide Ricky was very interesting and knew a lot about the area. OH travelers
Prompt, friendly and accommodating...
, Aug 2016
Prompt, friendly and accommodating. Barbara adjusted our tour to our needs. She is knowledgeable about her city and shared that with us. The Morris cultural center is especially good. It was well worth seeing.
Tour was very nice - only the 3 of...
, Aug 2016
Tour was very nice - only the 3 of us and the guide, but very disappointed Santa and mrs. Claus were not at home.
Excellent tour. Very informative Randy...
Ellen A
, Jun 2016
Excellent tour. Very informative Randy did a first rate job

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