If you want to take a great over-night excursion, I highly recommend Fairbanks. It is an easy and scenic six hour drive from the Jade Lake cabin through the Denali Wilderness Preserve. You are guaranteed to see wildlife and have opportunities for side excursions as well as many photo opportunities. 


Fairbanks is quite a bit warmer than the Anchorage area in the summer and has a unique, small town Alaska feel to it.


One of my most memorable activities in Fairbanks was taking a dinner cruise on the Tanana Chief. It is an authentic paddle wheel boat that takes a leisurely cruise down the Chena River. They started the cruise out with a cocktail hour and a little information about the boat and the River. The boat itself is very charming, and the upper deck was open providing great views and photo opportunities. The scenery is truly beautiful and they served a surprisingly elegant catered dinner. The cruise only lasts a little over two hours but is a beautiful way to end a day in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Happy Sailing!


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Written by Laurel on August 10th, 2005 - Adventures

Alaskan Chalet @ Jade Lake

Memories of our time with Alaska