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Fairbanks, Alaska Information Site!

Fairbanks, Alaska information on activities and events for our visitors and friends. 

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To help you learn more about Fairbanks Alaska & plan your visit to our great state, we have made available here a number of resources. 

Fairbanks, Alaska is:

Training for the Yukon Quest. Sled Dog Race in FairbanksFairbanks, Alaska, 358 miles north of Anchorage (by way of the Parks Highway), likes to think that it (instead of Delta) is the end of the Alaska Highway. Its central location makes it the focal point for the tiny villages scattered throughout the surrounding wilderness, and Fairbanks is a staging point for North Slope villages such as Barrow and the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay. Yet, unlike Anchorage, it still retains its down home "frontier" feel. It is contained within the North Star Borough, similar to a county, but which is roughly the size of New Jersey!

Alaska may be known for its harsh winter climate, but Fairbanksans prefer to enjoy their wonderful summers to the fullest while they can. The Interior has temperatures ranging from 65 degrees below zero in the winter to 90 degrees above in the summer. Gardening is big in the Interior.

Gold Panner

 

[Photo of gold panner is courtesy
the University of Alaska Archives;
Musher is David Arlan Rogers.]

Fairbanks is called "The Golden Heart of Alaska," a reference to the character of her people as much as to the location in Alaska's interior, or to the discovery of gold in 1902.

Because we are just 188 miles south of the Arctic Denali, known to Fairbanksans as Mt. McKinleyCircle (above which the sun neither sets during the summer solstice, nor rises during the winter solstice) we also have very long summer days. The shortest winter day of the year has less than three hours of sunlight, the longest (around June 21) never really ends, though officially it has over 21 hours.

[Photo of Denali (Mount McKinley)]

We hope that with our site we are able to answer your questions about our city, and that you will even consider visiting in the off season, too. Many of our attractions - the Aurora Borealis (northern lights), dog races, etc., cannot be enjoyed in quite the same way in the summer. And besides, winter rates are often lower. Please take advantage of our search engine to explore this site - it will often make your seach much quicker. It is below the menu on the left.

Our State Is:
 now known as "The Last Frontier" but before that it was known as Small Falls "The Land of a Thousand Smokes" due to activity of 140 volcanoes (52 of which have been active since 1760) and earthquakes. But it is a huge state, with room for a wide variety of landscape, from small waterfalls like this one, to huge mountains, flat treeless tundra, hot springs, glaciers, and on and on. We cannot do our state justice describing it here, or even showing you pictures. You have to experience our state. And much of the fun of the trip is here, in the Interior.

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[Disclaimer: Information in this site on specific attractions is presented for your information and convenience in planning your trip only. Because our purpose is to tell visitors about Fairbanks, we are happy to list non-profits for free on the appropriate page (like churches) and will also update existing information if you email us. For a charge, we will add approved links from businesses to the appropriate page on this site, add a text paragraph with links, or even write you a page of your own. See our faq page for more information and prices. ]

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