Welcome to Fairbanks! It’s been called America’s “Most Air-Minded City,” and is a nexus of the world as flown from the far north. Travelers pass through here for many reasons, along with fuel, supplies, and dry goods that must be taken to small communities throughout Alaska.
Contact information and train schedules for The Alaska Railroad. Depot locations include Seward, Girdwood, Whittier, Anchorage, Wasilla, Talkeetna, Denali, and Fairbanks.
The Denali Star takes you north from Anchorage to places like Talkeetna, Denali National Park, and Fairbanks. This train travels through the forested areas north of Anchorage into the boreal forest, and eventually into the tundra regions further north. On a clear day the train will slow down to allow you to see beautiful vistas of Denali. You may spot wildlife along the way, such as bear, moose, eagles, and caribou.
Riding the train in Alaska is a relaxing and fun way to take in amazing sights around every bend, and many travelers choose a dome car for the best viewing experience. When you’re headed north of Anchorage, hop on a Wilderness Express private dome car for deluxe viewing at great value.
Fly from Fairbanks and travel 80 miles above the across the Arctic Circle on a scenic and historic adventure. Departing in the evening, you’ll pass over the stark terrain of northern Alaska and land at the Athabascan village of Fort Yukon. Then, with your guide, you’ll spend an hour learning all about this fascinating area—the history, how people take care of themselves in a punishing environment, and some of the characters who have called this area home. Then, as the midnight sun sets, you’ll board your plane and fly back to Fairbanks.
mid-May to mid-September
You’ll spend three hours, round-trip, in the air with a one-hour walking tour of the community, led by a local Alaskan guide. Learn of the local Nunamiut Eskimo culture and get a firsthand glimpse at village lifestyle as it exists today in rural Alaska.
Getting to and from Alaska’s remote Arctic region is a practiced art for the folks at Wright Air Service, who offer charter flights to the Brooks Range, national parks, and custom destinations, as well as scheduled service to 17 small communities.
Year-round in Fairbanks. Advance appointment in Denali, Anchorage and elsewhere.
Fairbanks-based Alaska Auto Rental – with pick-up options in Denali and Anchorage too – offers rental cars for the most unique itinerary: over gravel highways, through winter weather, on one-way legs, or starting out from unusual locations. It’s locally-owned, with employees who know Alaska’s roads and their challenges. You’ll get helpful travel advice, a can-do attitude, and reliable wheels.