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Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska located in the interior of Alaska and the second largest city in the state. Here you'll find the northern lights in winter that will change the way you see the earth, while the summer midnight sun charms you.

Greet the Arctic wilderness on your doorstep or be amazed by our magnificent neighbor, Denali. Be transported into gold rush past or engage in the art and culture of this vibrant and diverse city.

Make your journey into the heart of the Last Frontier and experience the light, energy and warmth found only in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Take a deep breath and explore Fairbanks! With the summer sun shining nearly 24 hours a day, we are simply bursting with energy. Strike it rich panning for gold, float the Chena River, mingle with reindeer and musk oxen, cool off in an ice museum, take a refreshing hike, or be inspired by brilliant art galleries, museums, and historic sites. Late August to April you have a great chance to see the shimmering light of the aurora borealis. A host of other fascinating activities and events are unveiled during the winter.

Northern Lights Welcome to one of the best places on earth for experiencing the beautiful and mysterious northern lights. Bright, energetic curtains of yellow, green, red or even purple light brighten our night skies regularly. Fairbanks is situated within a ring-shaped region around the North Pole called the auroral oval. This location provides a terrific balance of occurrence, frequency and activity. Plus, our continental climate offers many more clear nights than you would find in a coastal area. While intensity varies, the most common yellow-green glow occurs heavily between late August and April. Prime viewing time is late evening through the wee hours of the morning.

Gold Rush History Historic visitor attractions and modern-day mining operations still celebrate the quest for gold. See the largest public display of gold in the state at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Visit the Pedro Monument in tribute to gold's first discovery. Try your hand at gold panning and uncover your own Alaskan gold. Find that perfect gold nugget souvenir to take back home. Discover for yourself one of the many reasons Fairbanks is called the "Golden Heart" city.

Gateway to Arctic Alaska Fairbanks is your gateway to Alaska's vast Interior and expansive Arctic. The White Mountains National Recreation Area is just north of town, with a wild river and extensive trail system. Head north to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Access the North Slope or the Arctic Circle. Visit Barrow, Fort Yukon, Anaktuvuk Pass, Galena, Coldfoot, Beaver, Ruby, Bettles and the Yukon River.

Shopping You'll find the shopping in Fairbanks a little different. Alaska Native hand-made items crafted with astonishing detail are common, along with standard daily needs just across the aisle.

Dining Every area has dining options that is classic for that location and Interior Alaska is no different. Not only can you sample the local fare, you can also partake of wonderful international dining or get a phenomenal dessert.

Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race: Early-Mid February One of the toughest dog sled races on the planet from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in Canada.

Iron Dog, Inc. Late February The World's Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race Event. Pro Class Race Big Lake to Nome to Downtown Fairbanks.

Ice Alaska: Late February to Late March An event organized by the BP World Ice Art Championships which displays huge magical ice art.

Alaska Salmon Bake & Palace Theatre: Mid May – Mid September Join us for a true Alaskan dining experience. Grilled salmon cooked over an open fire. Carved beef & beer-battered cod cooked to perfection straight from Alaska's icy waters. Dinner served nightly 5-9 pm in Pioneer Park. Alaska's top comedy revue nightly-8:15 pm.

Christmas in Ice: December – January Come visit Christmas-themed ice sculptures by local and international artists and the Elf's icy playground in North Pole, just outside of Fairbanks

Fairbanks subarctic climate brings long, cold winters, and short, warm summers, in which much of the annual precipitation falls. In Fairbanks, winter lasts from late September/early October until late April/early May. October through January are the snowiest, and snow is limited from February to May.

Day TourArctic Circle Air Adventure
Day Tour

5 Hours Mins

Departs Fairbanks

$596From USD

per person

Fly north from Fairbanks and wonder at the story of the vast and remote land below. Witness remnants of the gold mining that continues nearly 100 years after the yellow metal first...

Day TourArctic Circle by Air and Coach
Day Tour

12 Hours Mins

Departs Fairbanks

$426From USD

per person

An Alaska travel experience would not be complete without an opportunity to experience firsthand the vast wilderness expanses and Alaska’s Arctic. Fly from Fairbanks to Coldfoot,...

Day TourBarrow Expedition
Day Tour

11 Hours Mins

Departs Fairbanks

$1,199From USD

per person

Depart this morning from the Fairbanks Airport for a small group experience to the northernmost Inupiat community of Barrow, Alaska. Enroute your flight will land at Coldfoot,...

Day TourSternwheeler Riverboat Discovery Cruise
Day Tour

3 Hours Mins

Departs Fairbanks

$78From USD

per person

Take a ride on the authentic sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery III for a fully-narrated 3 hour cruise along the Chena and Tanana Rivers. See a bush plane demonstration. Visit the...

HotelPikes Waterfront Lodge
Fairbanks
Hotel

$330From USD

avg/ night incl all taxes

Located near Fairbanks International Airport, a short drive from downtown Fairbanks. This 3 star hotel features 180 guest rooms and 28 individual log cabins.

HotelRivers Edge Resort
Fairbanks
Hotel

$248From USD

avg/ night incl all taxes

Located near Fairbanks International Airport, a short drive from downtown Fairbanks. This 3.5 star hotel features 94 lodge rooms and cottages.

HotelSpringhill Suites Fairbanks

$252From USD

avg/ night incl all taxes

Located in downtown Fairbanks, next to the Chena River and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and museums. This hotel features 140 guest rooms.

Mini PackageArctic Ocean Adventure
Mini Package

3 Days / 2 Nights

$1,215From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay or Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks

Highlights: | Cross the Arctic Circle | Travel through spectacular Brooks Mountain Range | Tour America's richest oil field | Journey north through the sub-arctic region and...

Mini PackageArctic Ocean Adventure with Barrow
Mini Package

3 Days / 2 Nights

$1,907From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay or Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks

Highlights: | Cross the Arctic Circle | Travel through spectacular Brooks Mountain Range | Tour America's richest oil field | Day trip to Barrow |Journey north through the sub...

Rail & CoachDenali Backcountry & Glacier Ice Dog Sled Cruise Connector

$3,802From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Anchorage,Seward

Highlights: | Fairbanks | Denali Backcountry Lodge | Anchorage | Alaska Railroad Dome Car | Glacier Dog Sledding |A perfect program before a cruise to see Denali National Park...

Rail & CoachDenali Backcountry Explorer
Rail & Coach

3 Days / 2 Nights

$1,695From USD

per person

Anchorage to Fairbanks or Fairbanks to Anchorage

Highlights: Anchorage|Denali Back Country Lodge|Fairbanks|Alaska Railroad Dome Car| Explore Alaska's two largest cities and the backcountry of Denali National Park with this 3...

Rail & CoachDenali Backcountry Highlights
Rail & Coach

3 Days / 2 Nights

$1,531From USD

per person

Anchorage to Fairbanks or Fairbanks to Anchorage

Highlights: Anchorage|Denali Back Country Tour with Scenic return flight|Fairbanks|Alaska Railroad Dome Car| Explore Alaska's two largest cities and the backcountry of Denali...

Rail & CoachDenali Cruise Connector
Rail & Coach

2 Days / 1 Nights

$726From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Seward,Whittier

Highlights: | Fairbanks | Denali National Park Tundra Wilderness Tour | Alaska Railroad Dome Car | Perfect program before a cruise to see Denali National Park. Start in...

Rail & CoachDenali Explorer
Rail & Coach

4 Days / 3 Nights

$2,145From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Anchorage

Highlights: | Fairbanks | Denali National Park | Denali Backcountry Lodge| Alaska Railroad Dome Car | Start in Fairbanks and travel south to Denali National Park and Anchorage...

Rail & CoachDenali Explorer & Alaska Cruise – ms Noordam
Rail & Coach

11 Days / 10 Nights

$3,855From USD

per person

Vancouver to Fairbanks

Denali Explorer & Alaska Cruise - ms Noordam | Fairbanks | Kantishna | Anchorage | Seward |Inside Passage  - Denali Star Train  - Denali Backcountry Lodge  -...

Rail & CoachDenali Explorer & Alaska Cruise – ms Zaandam
Rail & Coach

11 Days / 10 Nights

$3,823From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Vancouver

Denali Explorer & Alaska Cruise - ms Zaandam | Fairbanks | Kantishna | Anchorage | Seward | Inside Passage  - Denali Star Train  - Denali Backcountry Lodge  -...

Rail & CoachDenali Explorer Cruise Connector
Rail & Coach

4 Days / 3 Nights

$2,013From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Anchorage,Seward

Highlights: | Fairbanks | Denali Backcountry Lodge| Alaska Railroad Dome Car | Perfect program before a cruise to see Denali National Park staying at a backcountry lodge. Start...

Rail & CoachDenali Express
Rail & Coach

2 Days / 1 Nights

$878From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Seward,Whittier

Highlights: | Fairbanks | Denali National Park Tundra Wilderness Tour | Alaska Railroad Dome Car | A perfect program before a cruise to see Denali National Park. Start in...

Rail & CoachHighlights of Kenai Fjord & Denali
Rail & Coach

8 Days / 7 Nights

$4,488From USD

per person

Anchorage to Fairbanks

Highlights: Bear Viewing |Glacier Dog Sled Helicopter Tour|Kenai Northwestern Fjord Cruise | Alaska Railroad Dome Car| Alyeska | Seward | Talkeetna | Denali National Park |...

Rail & CoachHighlights of Kenai Fjord & Denali Backcountry Delights

$5,125From USD

per person

Anchorage to Fairbanks

Highlights: Bear Viewing |Glacier Dog Sled Helicopter Tour|Kenai Northwestern Fjord Cruise | Alaska Railroad Dome Car| Alyeska | Seward | Talkeetna | Denali National Park |...

Rail & CoachKenai Fjords Denali Explorer
Rail & Coach

6 Days / 5 Nights

$3,137From USD

per person

Anchorage to Fairbanks

Highlights: | Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge Fox Island |Kenai Northwestern Fjord Cruise | Alaska Railroad Dome Car| Alyeska | Seward | Talkeetna | Denali National Park Tour with...

Self DriveAlaska Highlights Self Drive
Self Drive

10 Days / 9 Nights

$2,340From USD

per person

Anchorage to Anchorage

Highlights: | Anchorage | Seward | Talkeetna | Denali | Fairbanks | Valdez | Perfectly suited for travelers with a limited amount of time. Visit Seward, the starting point for...

Self DriveAlaska National Parks Explorer
Self Drive

13 Days / 12 Nights

$3,126From USD

per person

Anchorage to Anchorage

Highlights: Alaska National Parks | Anchorage |Seward | Homer |Talkeetna | Denali | Fairbanks | Tok | McCarthy | Valdez | Alaska's classic route features most of the...

Self DriveGrand Prospector Alaska & the Yukon
Self Drive

16 Days / 15 Nights

$2,925From USD

per person

Anchorage to Anchorage

Highlights: | Anchorage |Seward | Talkeetna | Denali | Fairbanks | Tok | Dawson City | Whitehorse | Skagway | Haines | Valdez | Explore the magic and the mystery of Alaska &...

Self DriveHistoric Alaska and Yukon Milepost
Self Drive

10 Days / 9 Nights

$2,156From USD

per person

Anchorage to Anchorage

Highlights: | Anchorage | Talkeetna | Denali | Fairbanks | Tok | Dawson City | Whitehorse | Explore the magic and the mystery of Alaska & Canada's Yukon Territory as you follow...

Self DriveMountain Peaks & Glaciers, Alaska National Parks

$4,166From USD

per person

Anchorage to Anchorage

Highlights: Alaska National Parks | Anchorage |Seward | Homer |Talkeetna | Denali | Fairbanks | Tok | McCarthy | Valdez | Depart Anchorage on a leisurely 15 day excursion to...

Winter AdventuresArctic Circle Aurora Overnight Adventure
Winter Adventures

3 Days / 2 Nights

$810From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Fairbanks

The Arctic Circle Aurora Adventure departs from Fairbanks by land or air and offers optional aurora viewing, dog sledding, and Brooks Mountain Range excursions from your base camp...

Winter AdventuresAurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
Winter Adventures

3 Days / 2 Nights

$585From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Fairbanks

Bettles is located in one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis in all of Alaska. Bettles officially has the most clear weather days in the entire state, which means more...

Winter AdventuresAurora Viewing at Chena Hot Springs Resort
Winter Adventures

3 Days / 2 Nights

$585From USD

per person

Fairbanks to Fairbanks

Located 60 scenic miles from downtown Fairbanks, Chena Hot Springs Resort is an excellent place to view the aurora from late August until May. The Resort’s remote location also...