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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #390 on: September 10, 2014, 02:04:20 PM »
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #391 on: January 18, 2015, 07:06:26 PM »
Any recommendations for hotels near Fairbanks?
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #392 on: January 18, 2015, 07:11:40 PM »

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #393 on: January 18, 2015, 07:27:23 PM »
Any point possible hotels nearby?
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #394 on: January 20, 2015, 08:52:35 PM »
We stayed at Holiday Inn Fairbanks, I think it was 15K IHG points, and had a nice time. Though we were platinum and didn't get upgraded. There's also a Best Western there but it was 36K. Marriott is 25K. These were summer rates, may be better in the winter.

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #395 on: January 20, 2015, 09:11:01 PM »
Any recommendations for hotels near Fairbanks?
Are you going? If yes, when? I am headed there March 29- April 1st

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #396 on: January 20, 2015, 09:17:58 PM »
We stayed at Holiday Inn Fairbanks, I think it was 15K IHG points, and had a nice time. Though we were platinum and didn't get upgraded. There's also a Best Western there but it was 36K. Marriott is 25K. These were summer rates, may be better in the winter.

I saw those, but I am looking outside of the city, more in the open.

I saw some airbnb or vrbo options that look interesting. Even one with a out house  ;D

Are you going? If yes, when? I am headed there March 29- April 1st

I might be but dunno when yet.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #397 on: January 20, 2015, 09:25:00 PM »
I saw those, but I am looking outside of the city, more in the open.

I saw some airbnb or vrbo options that look interesting. Even one with a out house  ;D

I might be but dunno when yet.
One listing on airbnb was very helpful with planning. Not sure if I want to stay there alone though. They have a separate guest house

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #398 on: January 20, 2015, 09:44:46 PM »
One listing on airbnb was very helpful with planning. Not sure if I want to stay there alone though. They have a separate guest house

Care to share the listing?
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #399 on: January 20, 2015, 10:34:51 PM »
Ok, I don't know anything about Fairbanks outhouses! You're definitely not getting those with points. We were there last summer for 2 weeks and tried to use points as much as possible. I got 5 free nights in Anchorage (1 the night we arrived, then 2 Shabbosim in Marriott next door to Chabad), 2 in Seward, and 1 in Fairbanks.

The night we were in Fairbanks there was supposed to be a chance to see the Aurora, so I looked online to find the best place to go and drove out at midnight to what felt like the middle of nowhere. I pulled up in total darkness to find ... an RV full of Japanese tourists who'd been camped there for 3 days! And it was cloudy that night and no Aurora.

While there check out the Ice Museum (the one in Chena gets better reviews, but it's a long drive, and we enjoyed the one in Fairbanks, esp. the real ice slide with a sled you can go down), and you must go to the Antique Car Museum - it's an absolutely amazing collection! If you like museums, Museum of the North is good, as is the Thompson Visitor Center (free). Pioneer Park is a tourist trap.

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #400 on: January 31, 2015, 09:33:47 PM »
Anyone go on an Alaskan cruise? Best cruise line?

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #401 on: March 09, 2015, 11:10:38 PM »
Anyone go on an Alaskan cruise? Best cruise line?

+1 I'm debating a cruise or flying to Alaska. Any input?
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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #402 on: March 09, 2015, 11:25:20 PM »
+1 I'm debating a cruise or flying to Alaska. Any input?
Yes I know Alaska geography and stuff to do very well and have spent countless hours researching and reading about it. Cruises won't get you to the best places. Only going off the beaten path will show you the true Alaska. But obviously that's only if you want that.
To put it in blunt terms cruises are for city dwellers who want to catch a glimpse of the grandeur from the comfort of the boat but end up missing 99% of what Alaska is about.

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #403 on: March 09, 2015, 11:51:32 PM »
Yes I know Alaska geography and stuff to do very well and have spent countless hours researching and reading about it. Cruises won't get you to the best places. Only going off the beaten path will show you the true Alaska. But obviously that's only if you want that.
To put it in blunt terms cruises are for city dwellers who want to catch a glimpse of the grandeur from the comfort of the boat but end up missing 99% of what Alaska is about.

interesting way of putting it. I would have to see if the cruises dock at all and allow excursions. I am a city dweller and probably wouldn't go too far off the beaten path
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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #404 on: March 10, 2015, 12:14:58 AM »
interesting way of putting it. I would have to see if the cruises dock at all and allow excursions. I am a city dweller and probably wouldn't go too far off the beaten path
:) If you're not interested in the real wilderness then you're not interested: as long as you know what you're going for and how to get what you want you're good. And I'm pretty sure they do dock and allow excursions though in a state a fifth the size of the whole US 48 a short excursion can't get you very far.