Lying less than 120 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks is a major hub for Interior Alaska and the northernmost metropolis in the United States. Known for being the starting point of the Yukon Quest 1,000-mile dog-sled race, Fairbanks is the ideal vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts, Arctic-bound adventurers and other hearty souls. While staying in the "Golden Heart City," visitors can kayak down the Chena River, explore Pioneer Park, view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, relax in the Chena Hot Springs, hike Angel Rock and attend a true Alaskan salmon bake.
Travelers can fly directly into Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). Shuttles, rental cars, buses and taxis are available to make the 6-mile drive into downtown Fairbanks. A short 20-minute drive on Interstate A2 will take you to North Pole, a town that celebrates Christmas 365 days a year. Drive just two hours south on George Parks Highway to Denali National Park to visit Mt. McKinley, North America's tallest mountain.
Since E.T. Barnette first cruised up the Tanana River in 1901, Fairbanks grew as a major Alaskan trading post and gold rush town. Most visitors travel during the mild summers to enjoy exploring Fairbanks on days with more than 22 hours of sunlight. For those brave enough to trek through snow often in below freezing temperatures, Fairbanks is a prime viewing location for the beautiful Northern Lights from October through April.