A city known for long daylight hours in the summers and the best starry nights for northern lights viewing in the winters, Fairbanks is truly a land of natural wonders! The longest recorded day in Fairbanks is the summer solstice on June 21 with 21 hours and 49 minutes of daylight, and the shortest recorded day is the winter solstice on December 21 with only 3 hours and 43 minutes of daylight.
Fairbanks tells its story through native art and culture, remnants of gold rush history, natural beauty, and the trans-Alaskan oil pipeline. Visit Fairbanks to explore native Alaskan culture through art galleries, museums, and cultural centers, bathe in natural hot springs, experience world-class aurora sightings, or even as a starting point for any Arctic expedition or a day trip to the Arctic Circle.
Home to the Athabascan Indians and Inupiaq and Yupik Inuits, Fairbanks has a rich array of ornaments and artifacts made out of walrus bone, whale baleen, caribou antler, birch bark, moose hide, and much more.
You will also find exquisite collections of native Alaskan-made quills, baskets, and beadwork.
Considered the ideal basecamp for exploring Alaska’s interior and the Arctic, Fairbanks offers plenty of activities for history lovers and explorers at heart.Whether you want to indulge yourself in Alaskan history and native art or try your hand at gold panning, ice fishing, or northern lights viewing, Fairbanks is a great city for many world-class experiences See All Activities
From locally sourced food cafes & trucks to international cuisine, Fairbanks has many food choices to ensure that you find something delicious and satisfying for each of your meals.
Thai-food lovers take heart, Fairbanks has the most Thai restaurants per capita of any city in the US: 24 to be exact.
Due to its location in the interior region of the state, Fairbanks provides a perfect backdrop to start your mesmerizing trip.
Captivated by the natural surroundings of Fairbanks, local artists give birth to art that is inspired by both nature and the native culture. Events such as the Festival of Native Arts, the Midnight Sun Festival, and the Yukon Quest, learn about Fairbanks enriching local culture.
With the northern lights visible from Fairbanks 200 days a year, no trip is complete without a bit of aurora gazing. Check out UAF’s KP index to see the forecast!
Enjoy the Midnight Sun season from April 22 to August 20 with midnight sun safaris, hiking, and even midnight golf
Cross the world’s northernmost latitude at 66 degrees N, on this fun Arctic Circle trip a few hours north of Fairbanks. On your way, you will drive along the Delton Highway (North toward Prudhoe Bay along the "haul” road,) cross the Yukon River, and glimpse the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
Fairbanks is known for its famed hot springs. Relax at Chena Hot Springs, with 41-degree-Celcius water (surrounded by snow in the winter.) Open year-round.
The University of Alaska’s Museum of the North is home to around 1.4 million artifacts that walk you through thousands of years of Alaskan history and native life. Discover the natural wonders, wildlife, and over 2,000 years of Alaskan art.
Wickersham Dome hike on the Summit Trail gives a panoramic view of the White Mountains, and sometimes as far as the Brooks Range if the weather permits.
No trip to Alaska is complete without visiting the North Pole! Located 45-min from Fairbanks, visit the real town of North Pole, Alaska, complete with Santa’s workshop and toys.
A 44-acre historical theme park located in the heart of Fairbanks, Pioneer Park features multiple museums, galleries, shows, and railroads. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy and learn about the gold rush history, Alaskan art, and much more.
Visit one of the best auto museums in the world with a large collection of classic cars, automobiles, and memorabilia.