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Its far north location means Fairbanks gets the midnight sun in the summer and the northern lights during Aurora Season (August to April). These wonders define the city, along with winter activities, the gold rush past, Alaska Native heritage, a vibrant arts scene and “golden heart” hospitality. Enjoy dog mushing, panning for gold, floating the Chena River or visiting a museum. Add a nearby trip to a hot springs, Denali, the Arctic or the Interior. Fairbanks is the gateway to discovering Alaska.
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- Fairbanks, Alaska is truly a traveler's paradise because there is so much to do! Celebrate winter by witnessing the captivating light of the aurora borealis (northern lights), frolicking in a playground made of ice and experiencing Alaska's state sport of dog mushing. Venture out on trails snowmobiling, snowshoeing or skiing. Try your hand at ice fishing, curling or ice skating. Journey to the Arctic Circle, Santa Claus House in North Pole or the healing waters of a hot spring.
- Fairbanks, Alaska has long been known as “the Land of the Midnight Sun.” During the Midnight Sun Season which runs from April 22 to August 20 the sun never seems to set. In fact, from mid-May through mid-July, Fairbanks experiences 70 straight days of 24-hour sunlight. Wake up in the middle of the night to find the sun shining brightly, people out biking and gardening and walking the dog. The Midnight Sun Season comes to a peak on summer solstice either June 20th or 21st.
- Fairbanks, Alaska offers a wide variety of restaurants from elegant cuisine to ethnic dining to Alaskan- style home cooking to craft beer and cocktails. Many restaurants use local produce, meat and fish in their recipes. Try reindeer sausage or grilled Alaskan salmon alongside home-grown Yukon gold potatoes and sweet baby carrots. Dining indoors or outdoors, ordering from a food truck or a drive-thru hut, Fairbanks has great food and beverages for foodies and families alike.
- Explore Fairbanks, Basecamp to Alaska's Interior and Arctic Fairbanks, located in the middle of Alaska, is the perfect basecamp to explore the region surrounding the community and the Arctic. Why? Denali National Park is just two hours away; the Arctic Circle and Yukon river are an accessible four- to five-hour drive; road trips to colorful interior towns are within reach; authentic Alaska Native villages without road access, refuges, parks and preserves are short flights away.
- Explore Fairbanks, Alaska During Aurora Season | August 21 - April 21 Fairbanks’ location is ideal for northern lights viewing because it is under the “Auroral Oval,” a ring-shaped zone over the far north where aurora activity is concentrated. Additionally, Fairbanks’ low precipitation and distance from coastal areas contribute to consistently clear nights. All combined these variables make the Fairbanks region an outstanding destination for possible aurora borealis viewing.
- Fairbanks, Alaska offers a variety of ways to immerse yourself in the rich Alaska Native culture. See Alaska Native performing arts like drumming, dancing and fiddle playing in locales around town and during events. Watch Alaska Native artists demonstrate their skill. Purchase authentic art in galleries and specialty stores. Adventurous travelers can visit remote villages and experience the resourcefulness of Interior and Arctic peoples.