Posted in About Alaska, Traveling to the Yukon

Memorial Day is a day to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country. Historically, Memorial Day weekend is also one of the busiest for travelers. AAA projects that more than one in four Americans will take a road trip over the long holiday weekend. Are you still unsure where the road will take you? Embark on a real adventure with a visit to Alaska and the Yukon to experience a Memorial Day vacation you won’t forget.

People enjoying evening on banks of Chena River

People enjoying evening on the banks of the Chena River in Fairbanks.

Known as the Golden Heart City, Fairbanks is an Alaska town full of history, heart and character. Once a gold rush boomtown, Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska. While in Fairbanks you can strike it rich panning for gold; float the Chena River; cool off in an ice museum; or be inspired by brilliant art galleries, museums and historic sites. During the day the whole family can check out Pioneer Park, a 44-acre city park and Alaska’s only historic theme park. Pioneer Park opened in 1967 as Alaskaland to celebrate the centennial of the Alaska Purchase. For the over-21 crowd, take a tour of one of Fairbanks’ local breweries to taste a few of Alaska’s best craft beers. These landmarks and activities, along with many others, are easily accessible from our centrally located Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center, the perfect home base for your Memorial Day weekend vacation.

People strolling the Main Street of Whitehorse, Yukon

People walking Whitehorse’s Main Street. Photo courtesy of the Government of Yukon

The largest city and capital of the Yukon, Whitehorse also makes for a great three-day-weekend destination. Whether you’re passionate about pursuing outdoor adventures, participating in cultural events or enjoying a comfortable drive through extraordinary scenery, you’ll find it all in Whitehorse. The Yukon and its towering mountains, boreal forests, sweeping tundra and rushing rivers will make you glad you decided to book a last -minute trip to Canada’s most northwestern province. We recommend treating yourself to a stay at the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel & Conference Center, located in the heart of downtown within blocks of restaurants, nightspots and shopping.

Exterior buildings of the Westmark Inn Dawson City

Westmark Inn Dawson City

With so many wonderful points of interest in Alaska and the Yukon, it’s hard to choose just a few. If you decide to opt for a trip back to the gold rush era, we recommend stopping by Dawson City. Established during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, Dawson City still maintains much of the fun and excitement that was constant during the days of early settlers. While visiting Dawson City, we recommend checking out the Jack London museum, exploring the Robert Service cabin and trying your luck in the local casino.

Boasting a mix of modern excitement as well as historical significance the Great North is the perfect setting for your great Memorial Day weekend! And, if you can’t make it to Alaska and the Yukon for Memorial Day, don’t sweat it. The fun will stick around all summer long!