Self-guided Walking Tour of
The self-guided Walking Tour
the downtown area is a favorite for many visitors.
Allow two to three
hours for the entire tour, or tailor it to meet your needs.
You can pick up the tour
brochure for $1 at the Visitor's Center on First and Cushman. Available in Japanese and German,
The 38 point walk takes visitors across the Chena River to
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, then back
across the river to First Avenue for a close-up look at the residential
section of Old Fairbanks. It also includes one of Fairbanks' most infamous land marks: The
Line. The former red light district stretches along Fourth Avenue between Barnette and
The walking tour also includes stops at Courthouse Square, at
the corner of Cushman Street and Second Avenue, the Clay Street Cemetery, and the old
Empress Theatre, now the Co-op Building.
The tour winds back to Golden Heart Plaza, just behind the
visitors center. The plaza features a fountain and bronze statue honoring Alaska's
"Unknown First Family."
For more information on some of the historic buildings you will see,
see our Fairbanks History page, as well as the
link from there to Historic Preservation.