Fairbanks is Alaska’s Golden Heart City
A visit to Fairbanks, located in Alaska’s interior, offers a glimpse back in time to its gold rush glory days. Or look back even further to learn about Native culture at the local museums. Our Fairbanks travel guide is designed to cover all aspects of the area’s most historic sightseeing and points of interest. Located just 200 miles from the Arctic Circle and 120 miles from Denali, Fairbanks is a good starting point for touring around the state. And with nearly 24 hours of sunlight in the summer months, you’ll have plenty of time to explore. To experience some of the best Northern Lights viewing, visit between August 21 and April 21.
Points of Interest
- Chena Hot Springs
- Chena Riverwalk
- Creamer's Field
- Fairbanks International Airport
- Fairbanks Rail Depot
- Fountainhead Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary
- Georgeson Botanical Garden
- Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
- Pioneer Air Museum
- Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska
- Tanana Valley Railroad Museum
- Trans-Alaska Pipeline
- University of Alaska Museum of the North
- City tours
- Dinner theater
- Gold panning
- Riverboat tours
- Sled dog visits
- Wine & food tasting
Fairbanks is a prime viewing spot for the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.
Pan for gold in the Golden Heart City at the historic Gold Dredge 8.
The Riverboat Discovery sternwheeler on the Chena River
The Chena River flows through downtown Fairbanks to the outskirts of the city.
The University of Alaska Museum of the North holds over 1.5 million artifacts in its collections.