Fairbanks is a thriving community located in the heart of Alaska’s interior 370 road miles north of Anchorage. It is Alaska’s second largest city with a population just over 30,000 and serves as the supply and transportation center for Interior and Far North Alaska. Its northern location offers visitors more than 20 hours of sunlight per day from mid-May through July. The subarctic climate of Fairbanks produces extremely cold, long winters and warm summers.
Fairbanks was founded in 1901 as a trading post by Captain Barnette. The discovery of gold in 1902 brought thousands of prospectors to the newly formed town. Mining is still a significant factor in the Fairbanks economy as are tourism and the military.
First-class Fairbanks accommodation options include the Rivers Edge Resort and the Sophie Station Hotel. It also offers some of Alaska’s top-rated visitor attractions such as the Riverboat Discovery. Northern Alaska Tour Company offers access to the Arctic Circle and Prudhoe Bay with tours departing from Fairbanks.