Fairbanks Alaska Travel
Fairbanks is located in the heart of interior Alaska 370 road miles north of Anchorage,
about eight hours by car. Fairbanks is Alaska's second largest city with over
80,000 residents in the greater Fairbanks area. Located near the confluence
of the Tanana and Chena Rivers, the town was originally founded in the early
1900’s as a trading post serving stern-wheeler riverboats and early gold
prospectors. The town still plays an important supply role in Alaska due to
its proximity to the Arctic region and North Slope oil fields. Fairbanks typically
enjoys long sunny days during the summer months, with temperatures frequently
passing the 70 degree mark. Winters in Fairbanks are just the opposite, cold shorter days are the norm, which makes for excellent Northern Lights viewing.
Our favorite Fairbanks hotel is located on the Chena River,
which runs through Fairbanks and offers some beautiful Alaskan
scenery. The River's
Edge Resort is a nice family-run hotel offering beautiful
private cottages in a riverside setting. Another good choice
is the Pikes Waterfront Lodge, also located on the Chena River. Both hotels are close to the Fairbanks airport as well as major
attractions and shopping areas. In you have the time, a night
or two in Fairbanks makes a great addition to your Alaska vacation.
Check out our Fairbanks Hotels page for a complete list.
The “Golden Heart” city of Fairbanks offers a nice selection of
tours and activities. Certainly the most popular is a cruise aboard the Riverboat
Discovery on the Chena River. The town also has an excellent museum at the
University, and a number of tours exploring Fairbanks’ gold
mining history. A city tour or visit to “Alaska Land” is always
a great choice. With its northern location, Fairbanks is a great starting point
for tours across the Arctic Circle and to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields.
See more information on our Fairbanks Tours page.
Fairbanks does have an international airport, and major carriers offer service
from the continental United States. Alaska Airlines also offers a number of
convenient flights each day between Fairbanks and Anchorage. Most visitors travel
to Fairbanks by Alaska Railroad or car.
The Alaska Railroad offers daily summer
service from Fairbanks each morning to Denali National Park, Talkeetna and Anchorage.
Many visitors will start their Alaska vacation in Fairbanks, then tour south
to Anchorage and fly home or depart by cruise
ship from nearby Seward. A full list of options is available on our Fairbanks