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The New Year
is well under way and as we begin 2012, perhaps enjoying activities,
entertainment and adventures in the Interior is a good place to start with a
fresh set of travel resolutions. Whether it be art or sport, summer or winter,
entertainment or relaxation—let us help you plan your next authentic Alaska experience.
With over 450
volunteers and 70 teams of artists from all over the globe the BP World Ice Art
Championships is celebrating 23 years of world-class ice art. Now in a new
location Ice Alaska offers a month’s worth of entertainment for the entire
family. The ice park opened February 28, 2012 at 10 am and stays open daily
from 10 am – 10 pm until March 25, 2012.
Each year the
small community of Paxson, Alaska swells from an average of 39 residents to over
10,000! The energy is palpable on Summit Lake during the annual Arctic Man Ski
and Sno-Go Classic. The snowmobile engines hum as a rider awaits their skier after
a 1,700 foot drop from 5,800 feet in less than two miles. On-the-go the skier
connects with the rider via a tow rope and speeds back up the mountain at
speeds reaching 86 miles per hour. It is Alaska grit and savvy at its finest.
runners, novice and pro alike, start out the summer with a quick 5-kilometer
family fun run skirting the Chena River during the annual Chena River Run. The
Alaska summer provides plenty of running fun for residents and visitors.
summer months the midnight sun hovers over the Interior illuminating our
activities deep into the night. The Midnight Sun Festival celebrates the
solstice with an all-day event in downtown Fairbanks. 1st, 2ndand 3rd Avenues are closed to motorized traffic and pedestrians can
fully enjoy over 180 arts, crafts, information and food booths. The fun starts
at 12 pm June 24, 2012 and doesn’t end until the clock strikes midnight.
(The festivities may be over, but the sun will still be shining.)
Bus Association selected Golden Days as a Top 100 Events in North America.
Golden Days is a celebration of the vibrant gold history of the Interior and an
opportunity for Fairbanks to enjoy community-wide events. The 60thAnnual Golden Days begins July 18, 2012 with events including Alaska’s largest
parade, historic reenactments and the Red Green River Regatta.
When the air
turns crisp and the leaves transform into brilliant hues of yellow, red and
gold Fairbanks’ elite runners take to the rolling hills of west Fairbanks to
compete in the annual Equinox Marathon. The 26.2 mile course starts and ends at
the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a long autumn tradition for Fairbanks
residents and visitors. Whether you’re elite or not, the course offers top-notch
views of Fairbanks and the surrounding Alaska Range.
To cap off the
year, the Winter Solstice Celebration harkens all to enjoy sleigh rides,
caroling and the Chena River riverfront lighting. Downtown Fairbanks is aglow
with holiday spirit and plenty of shopping for the occasion. (It may not be a
winter wonderland, but you’ll enjoy the wonders of this great land.)
These are just
a few of the many activities and festivities that happen annually here in the
Interior. Let the resolving begin to make Fairbanks your destination of choice
for year-round fun.
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