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Top Alaska Attractions

The first time you visit Alaska, or any new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first, what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed. We’ve provided tips, advice, and other information about the top tourist attractions in Alaska to help with your itinerary planning.

Gold Dredge Number 8 Gold Dredge Number 8
UAF Museum of the North UAF Museum of the North
Sitka Tribe Dance Performances Sitka Tribe Dance Performances
Alyeska Ski Area Alyeska Ski Area
Alaska Sea Life Center Alaska Sea Life Center

Gold Dredge Number 8

 Address 1755 Old Steese Hwy
 Location Fairbanks, AK 99712
 Transportation To get there, go north on the Steese Expressway from town, turn left on Goldstream Rd., turn left again on the Old Steese Hwy
 Admission $19 tour only, $23 with gold panning, $33 with cafeteria lunch
 Hours Mid-May through mid-Sept tours start hourly 9:30am-3:30pm
 Phone 907/457-6058

One of the best historic gold mining sites in Alaska, Gold Dredge is a 1928 mine that allows visitors to play around and scoop for gold. Standing five decks tall on a barge in a pond, Gold Dredge operates by scooping up gravel from one end, and then the inside mechanism would digest the gold from the gravel, and would dump the spoils out the back. The tour company that bought the historic site added a museum to the dredge that displayed gold camp buildings, which showed the harsh colorless life lived by the miners. The 90-minute tour starts off with a movie, and then moves onto a half hour on the dredge, and then finally gives visitors a chance to pan for gold themselves. It’s a fun little tour that will have you hoping to find some real authentic gold nuggets.


UAF Museum of the North

 Address 907 Yukon Dr. (P.O. Box 756960)
 Location Fairbanks, AK 99775-6960
 Admission $5 adults, $4.50 ages 60 and older, $3 ages 7-17, free ages 6 and under
 Hours Summer daily 9am-7pm; winter Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun noon-5pm
 Phone 907/474-7505

The UAF Museum is the best natural history museum in Alaska. Well known for it’s Blue Babe collection, a mummified steppe bison, the 5, 400- pound copper nugget will leave you saying WOW! Enjoy the walk through the museum with an audio tour or take a 20 min lecture by the museums experts, which ever way you decide to tour the museum the exhibits will keep you interested and wanting to learn more. The museum is filled with beautiful and captivating art images of icebergs and the Northern Lights. With a combination of sound, crafts, and interactive exhibits the UAF is an affordable way to spend the day.


Sitka Tribe Dance Performances

 Address 200 Katlian St
 Admission $7 adults, $5 children
 Hours Call for times
 Phone 888/270-8687, 907/747-7290

Located on the Northern side of the downtown parade ground stands a Tlingit Clan House, with an air handling system that pulls smoke from the central fire pit straight up the chimney. The hut and the performance is a traditional way of viewing Alaska’s culture and all shows are put together and run by members of the tribe. Sitka Tribe Dance performances only lasts 30 minutes, and includes a story with three dance numbers, but is guaranteed to entertain the family. The Sitka Tribe Dance Performances is an affordable activity for those on a tight budget. Tours and other activities can also be signed up for in the lobby of the clan house.


Alyeska Ski Area

 Address 1000 Arlberg Drive | P.O. Box 249, Girdwood, Alaska 99587
 Phone 800-880-3880, 907-754-2285

One of the most popular winter recreational ski resorts, Alyeska Ski area features over 2,000 vertical feet of skiing on 27 ski trails. Not only will you enjoy the most breath taking views from on top of the mountain but your whole family can enjoy nature and a few games of golf no matter what season it is. Golf in the morning or under the clear moonlit sky, bundle up and enjoy a fast ride down the mountains as the snow and wind brushes through your hair. The Alyeska Ski area and gold course is an adventure for the whole family.


Alaska Sea Life Center

 Address 301 Railway Ave. (P.O. Box 1329)
 Location Seward, AK 99664
 Admission $13 adults, $10 children 7-12, free for children 6 and under
 Hours May-Aug daily 8am-8pm; Oct-Mar daily 10am-5pm; Sept and Apr daily 9am-6pm
 Phone 800/224-2525, 907/224-6300

The Alaska Sea life Center is a research institute where an interesting aquarium resides. Tanks filled with fish, crabs, and other creatures such as starfish and other tide pool animals can be touched at a touch tank. The aquarium is not very big, but it does have programs for kids and adults all throughout the day. The Sea Life Center is designed to teach people about the importance of saving animals from pollution and oil spills. If you want to really make the best out of the admission call ahead and catch a tour that interests you and your family. If you are looking for something small to do in Alaska, the Sea Life Center is a fun little leisurely place to visit.


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