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The Fairbanks Convention & Visitor's Bureau

The Fairbanks Convention & Visitor's Bureau (FCVB)--is often a Fairbanks visitor's first stop.

It has movd from the log cabin with a sod roof on First Avenue near the Cushman Street Bridge, to the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center --on Dunkel Street.

Here locals and tourists alike find out about Fairbanks' history and events in the Golden Heart City.

The facility provides a variety of services, including:

bulletOver 400 brochures for attractions, accommodations, tours, dining, shopping, camping, transportation and outdoor adventure in Interior Alaska, including Denali National Park and Preserve and other areas of the state;
bulletFree visitor guides complements of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks' only local daily newspaper.
bulletFree courtesy phones for local calls and pay phones for long-distance calls (travelers to the area often opt for calls from their current cell provider or purchase a prepaid cell to avoid having to sign a contract just for the convention.);
bulletMaps of the Fairbanks area;
bulletSelf-guided walking and driving tour brochures;
bulletDaily listing of available hotel rooms and bed and breakfasts;
bulletFree videos shown during the day on local tours and attractions, as well as nature and wildlife films;
bulletInformation and visitors guides for other parts of the state, from Barrow to Ketchikan.
bulletStaff members fluent in German and Japanese to assist international visitors.
bulletThe News-Miner's Visitors Guide for Fairbanks, which includes a free map of the area. They have a web site, but they do tend to be a bit slow in updating it. When you get to the site, click on "Alaska Visitors Guide" on the left, then on Visitor's Guide. Watch out for their "Summer Calendar" - last we looked it was a year old.

Brochures and information are also available at "satellite" locations at the train depot, airport, Alaskaland, University of Alaska Museum, Tok and Denali park. The airport and train station are staffed with volunteers in Visitor Information booths as well.

The self-guided Walking Tour of the downtown area is a favorite for many visitors. Included in the tour is the Immaculate Conception Church, whose spire you can see from the visitor's center, as well as Courthouse Square, where Fairbanks' first elevator is still in operation. For more information, click on the link above.

The visitors center also offers a driving tour. That tour circles Fairbanks, Farmers Loop and eventually goes all the way out the Steese Highway to Chatanika.

Their hours used to be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week from May 10-25, then 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 26 through Sept. 7. Hours scale back to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. again starting Sept. 8.

For more information, call (907) 456-5774 or 456-INFO for a recording of daily events. Or go to their website.

 

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