Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to common questions.
They are presented
here as questions. Jump down to the answer by clicking on the
- I don't have much to spend, what can I do in
- When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
- How far is Fairbanks from Denali Park? (now
includes distance calculator link)
- I am coming to Fairbanks in September. Since most places
close on Labor Day, will there be anything left to see or
- Why are your italic typefaces hard to read on my Mac?
- Why are there events in the calendars with old
- How can I add my event to your calendars?
- You get a lot of traffic - Can I buy advertising on
- Why are there no motels or hotels on your site?
1. I don't have much to spend; what can I do in Fairbanks?
We, who have lived here most of our lives, want inexpensive things to do, too.
So we have been searching out ways to enjoy Fairbanks without spending a fortune. You can
find the results of our research at Fairbanks on a
Shoestring. Check back now and then, as we continue to add to this page. If
you have a little more money, check out our Summer
Attractions page, our Winter Attractions
and the Events page (for the dates you will be
The Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, are present year
round in the skies above Fairbanks. But they show up best in the winter months. Between
April and July they are difficult, if not impossible to see, because of the midnight sun.
The very best months for Aurora viewing are in the spring and fall; February, March,
September, and October (the Ranch Motel staff recommends March for those wishing to see
the ice carving competition, or September).
For more information about this phenomenon, you
can go to our Northern Lights page.
UPDATE: BE SURE TO READ THAT PAGE ABOUT THE LOW
LIGHTS IN 2009. The Geophysical Institute has been researching the
phenomenon for years and has more information. If you tour their facility, they will show
you a video about it.
3. How far is Fairbanks from Denali Park?
Denali Park is 120 miles south of Fairbanks and 240 miles north of Anchorage.
The Alaska Railroad makes daily trips to Anchorage every morning, stopping at Denali Park
on the way. Below is a link to a calculator you can use to find the distance to or from
Fairbanks to or from other places on the Alaska Highway:
4. What is there to do in September; and how
This is a good question. And so important that we
have decided to add a page with ideas especially for
September. You can find it here. For winter months, see this
5. Why is your typeface hard to read on my Mac?
Our new site relies heavily on the Georgia font
face, which may not come installed on your computer.
When a browser cannot find the correct font, it will
display using the default font. For Windows users,
this usually means Times New Roman. But for the Mac,
it usually means Times (which is similar, but has no italic).
Lacking italic, it mechanically leans the type to mimic
italic. It does not look well, especially at smaller sizes. We
have been gradually lowering the use of italics on our
pages. Most italics we use now are for headings, which
are typically larger sizes.
To help our visitors with Macs
solve this problem, we have added a Font Information Page,
which explains the problem, offers a quick tutorial on web fonts, and helps you to
download free fonts to solve the problem. Even windows users might benefit from this page!
6. Why are there events in the calendars
with old dates?
We can only update events as their organizers send up their new
dates. Many of them do not do so, and there is so much happening
we do not have a lot of time to search their websites looking for
updates. Some of them do not update theirs until the month of the
event! We always appreciate it when someone lets us know when new
information is out and we will try to update our info as soon as
we can. In the meantime, we purposely leave the old date (but try
to highlight the year in yellow so you will notice) especially if
the event is likely to be repeated the following year. That way,
there is less typing to do when the event is updated, if not many
other changes are made.
7. How can I add my event to your
For the quickest action, email us your information in the
format we normally use, so we can copy and paste. That will save
us formatting time.
Start with the name of the event (not too long), followed by
the date(s) in parentheses, and then the time, where and other
info about what. At the end, put contact info, like a website,
email or phone number. If we do not get new dates for a repeating
event the next year, at least our readers will have a way to reach
you to find out the new dates (and if we are lucky, they will then
let us know!)
8. You get a lot of traffic -
can I buy advertising on your site?
Yes, we do allow discrete text advertising to help defray the
cost of our site. The text ads may not include pictures; if you
want pictures, opt for the full page mentioned below.