Set high in inland Alaska, Fairbanks is a remote city on the icy Chena River and a fantastic introduction to the Last Frontier, with the chance to dog sled through the Tanana Valley, fly over the Arctic Circle and view the hypnotising Northern Lights. The city is anchored by a characterful downtown core lined with cosy cafes and ice cream parlours.
Things to do in Fairbanks
Housed in a building inspired by Inuit igloos, the University of Alaska Museum of the North offers a fascinating glimpse at the state's history, culture and geology. You’ll be greeted by a ferocious 2.5-metre-tall stuffed bear. You'll also find exhibits highlighting local photography, art and wildlife.
In winter, Fairbanks lures outdoor enthusiasts hoping to catch a glimpse of the mesmerising Northern Lights. Thanks to its setting above the Arctic Circle, the city is one of Alaska's top places to view the Aurora Borealis as the vibrant green colours dance through the sky.
Are you in search of classic Alaskan experiences? Local operators like Paws for Adventure offer thrilling dog sled expeditions along snow dusted trails. Companies like Warbelow’s Air Adventures also feature scenic flights that soar above the Arctic Circle.
The Large Animal Research Station treats you to one of Alaska's best wildlife viewing opportunities. It's home to a host of Arctic animals, including reindeer, musk ox and caribou. A handful of viewing areas make it easy to admire the mighty animals in their natural habitat.
Getting around Fairbanks
Buses are the easiest way to get around Fairbanks, which also has local taxis and rideshare services like Uber. You'll find plenty of car rental agencies at Fairbanks International Airport, located 10 kilometres from the city centre.