American Airlines offers connecting flights from Reagan National to Anchorage. Era Aviation offers non-stop flights from Anchorage to Fairbanks from $296 round trip. A one-way ticket from Anchorage to Fairbanks on the Alaska Railroad costs $159.
WHERE TO STAY
The Lodge at Black Rapids
Milepost 227.4, Richardson Hwy.
Bright, spacious rooms have down duvets and local paintings. There are five miles of ski and snowshoe trails. Rooms from $175.
Riverbend Log Cabin & Cottage Rentals
410 Nordale Rd.
Log cabins have kitchens, balconies, barbecues and access to a sauna and cross-country ski trails. Cabins from $169.
WHERE TO EAT
Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co.
2195 Old Steese Hwy., Fox
About a dozen local beers on tap for washing down burgers, chops and pizzas. Entrees start at $11.
The Pump House Restaurant & Saloon
796 Chena Pump Rd.
Specialties are steaks, Alaskan seafood and wines from the Pacific Northwest. Entrees start at $17.
WHAT TO DO
Chena Hot Springs Resort
Milepost 56.5, Chena Hot Springs Rd.
Offers cross-country-ski rentals for $25 and access to the hot spring pool for $10. Pool hours 7 a.m. to midnight.