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Description of Destination : fairbanks

Fairbanks - State of Alaska/Frank Flavin

Fairbanks is Alaska's second largest city. Fairbanks is known as the Golden Heart City, the hub of the Interior, and Gateway to the Bush.

Fairbanks population is just over 100,000 people. The city features a university, an Army base and an Air Force base. The city is known for dog mushing, the ability to view the Northern Lights and its extremes of light, dark, warmth and cold. In Fairbanks the winter temperatures can be as low as -62 degrees and in highs in the summer can reach the 80s. Summer days in Fairbanks are very long - in fact, Fairbanks enjoys more than 22 hours of daylight when the solstice arrives on June 21st. or fish. There's no end to adventure!

Fairbanks, Alaska is a year-round destination. Visitors to Fairbanks can enjoy the spectacular northern lights in the night sky. Many hotels offers a northern lights wake-up call so you won't miss them!

A wide range of activities can be enjoyed around Fairbanks. Shopping includes art galleries filled with pottery, painting, textiles and Alaska Native art and jewlry. Golfing, fishing, kayaking, rafting and gold panning are also very popular here. Golde Dredge No 8 offers a tour of a formerly active gold mine and even offers guests the chance to pan for gold themselves.


The university in Fairbanks offers one of the best museums in the state of Alaska, called the Museum of the North. The museum features collections both of natural history and art.


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Excursions Available at fairbanks
  • Backstage Pass to Trail Breaker Kennel
  • Midnight Sun ATV
  • Alaska Salmon Bake & Palace Theatre Revue
  • Arctic Circle Air Adventure
  • Fairbanks Highlight Adventure
  • Gold Dredge No 8 Tour
  • Journey Above the Arctic Circle, Fort Yukon & the Yukon River
  • Midnight Sun Dinner & River Raft Float Trip
  • Riverboat Discovery Cruise
  • Sternwheeler Cruise & Discover the Gold
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