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How Long to Spend
The gateway to Alaska’s Interior and Arctic regions, Fairbanks is a great base for exploring northern Alaska, and its Gold Rush heritage offers a taste of frontier living. Here are the main draws for visitors:
- Midnight Sun / Northern Lights: Enjoy endless daylight hours in summer! Flightsee, ride an ATV, or go dog sledding. In the winter, experience the reverse, with short days and long nights that put on an all-natural light show. Here are our favorite northern lights tours.
- Arctic tours: Take road or air excursions beyond the Arctic Circle.
- Gold Rush History: Experience it first hand by panning for gold, or riding a historic riverboat.
- Winter Wonderland: Once the snow falls (around November - March), go dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and more. See all winter activities.
Many travelers visit Fairbanks by train, extending a trip through Denali, which is just fours away from Fairbanks by train and 2 hours by car. Driving directly from Anchorage will take about 7-8 hours. You can also fly here on Alaska Airlines from Anchorage or Seattle. Regional air carrier Ravn Alaska offers daily service to Fairbanks. On a clear day, watch for great views of Denali out your window. Or, you can charter your own plane with Natron Air and fly on your own schedule.
Consult our transportation guide for more details.