Chena Hot Springs Resort Travelers are drawn here for stunning views of the aurora borealis. Budget Travel Monday, Jun 1, 2009, 2:52 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Chena Hot Springs Resort

Travelers are drawn here for stunning views of the aurora borealis.

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Chena Hot Springs Resort

  • 56.5 mile Chena Hot Springs Road
    Fairbanks, United States 99712
    907/451-8104
  • Chena Hot Springs Resort website
  • 2017-03-29 to 2017-03-30

About this Hotel

Price From $189

Alaskans have long flocked to Chena Hot Springs Resort—about 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks—to soak in its 105-degree naturally occurring hot springs.

Travelers from the Lower 48 may be drawn to the 440-acre resort for another local attraction: the aurora borealis. Better known as the northern lights, the natural phenomenon is best seen after midnight from September through May, when Alaska's darkness settles in for winter. The hotel will make "aurora wake-up calls" for guests who turn in early, and it has a viewing room with huge Plexiglas windows for watching the dazzling light show.

On off days (the aurora is visible about every three days) visit the resort's year-round Aurora Ice Museum, constructed entirely from ice and snow. At the bar inside, take a seat on an ice stool covered with caribou hide, sip vodka cocktails from hand-carved ice glasses, and contemplate the funky assortment of ice sculptures, including a 12-foot polar bear and a chess set with giant playing pieces.

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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