Driving an RV to Fairbanks might be one of the best ways to explore Alaska. Road tripping with a place to live is a great way to arrive in the state, especially if you’re planning to spend a summer working a seasonal job. Fairbanks boasts plenty of places for you to park once you’re there, so you’ll be sure to enjoy your stay. Here are our top picks.
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River’s Edge Resort
A river runs through it—literally. On the banks of the Chena River, this resort has a variety of sites and hook-up levels. It covers all the bases with free laundry, Wi-Fi and showers. Plus, every Wednesday evening the resort hosts a classic car parade—so be ready to get out, meet your neighbors and have a good time.
Riverview RV Park
Also along the Chena River, 10 minutes outside the hustle and bustle of town, is the Riverview RV Park. This park features a pitch-and-putt golf green, a riverside deck for chilling out and full hookups. If you like to fish, or just to enjoy some quiet time by the water, this is the place to be.
Chena River Wayside
Do you like trees and the peace of living nestled in the forest? Check out the Chena River Wayside RV Park. In a stand of spruce and birch along the Chena River, this park is still near downtown, but provides an escape. A picnic shelter, horseshoes, a volleyball net and a boat launch assure you’ll still have plenty to enjoy outside of the city. And the park is only a block from a grocery store.
Lakeview Terrace RV Park
This park offers weekly and monthly rates, so you’ll be sure to get a good deal if you’re sticking around for a while. Just three miles from downtown, it offers a convenient location if you’re working in the city. Plus, they call it Lakeview for a reason: sites look over a small, peaceful lake surrounded by trees.
Chena Hot Springs
Staying at the Chena Hot Springs might feel more like a vacation, with access to the relaxing hot springs. It’s nearly 60 miles from Fairbanks, so if you’re commuting you wouldn’t want to stay long. But if you’re looking for a fun weekend trip, the drive to Chena is scenic and lands you in a unique place to unwind.
Denali Grizzly Bear Resort
Also better for a long weekend or after your summer job winds up, this resort is about a 2.5-hour drive from Fairbanks. On the Nenana River along the south boundary of Denali National Park, it’s the perfect base camp for exploring the wild lands around it. Plus, it boasts all the amenities of other RV parks like showers, campfire areas and Wi-Fi.