"Fairbanks: The Golden Heart of Alaska" Top 5 Page for this destination Fairbanks by Stephen-KarenConn

Fairbanks Travel Guide: 315 reviews and 496 photos

Fairbanks is Alaska's second largest city with a population of 30,000 in the city and 85,000 in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. It is located in the interior of Alaska, 192 miles south of the Arctic Circle and 100 miles north of Denali National Park.

Fairbanks was established in 1901, as a trading post on the banks of the Chena River in the Tanana Valley by E. T. Barnette from Ohio. Barnette named the new town in honor of Indiana Senator Charles Fairbanks, who later became a Vice President of the United States.

Gold was discovered near the new town in 1902, and by 1908 it had become the largest, busiest city in the Alaska Territory, boasting electric lights, city sewer , fire and police protection, a courthouse, jail, hospital, school, library and three newspapers.

Summer temperatures in Fairbanks average around 60 F, but can range to 85 F or more, as they were in my recent visit there. Almost 24 hours of daylight at the summer soltice allow for a "Midnight Sun Baseball Game" to be played every summer with no artifical lighting. In winter, temperatures of -20 F are not unusual, with a record low of -66. Winter snowfall averages 68.9 inches. Fairbanks is considered one of the best places on earth to view the northern lights.

  • Last visit to Fairbanks: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Aug 21, 2004
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  • Jul 31, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Soapy Smiths in Fairbanks is an incredibly lousy place to eat. Even my french fries were overcooked. I ordered a Klondike chicken and my wife ordered a turkey sub.

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    Feb 27, 2008 at 6:37 AM

    great tips Steven, I am trying to decide between Fairbanks and Anchorage for a trip.

  • Apr 14, 2007 at 11:29 AM

    need to put actual address of aviation museum instead of PO Box. Can't get drving directions from PO Box address.

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    Jan 29, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    I am surprised to see green and colorful flowers so far up, too. Great museums and these original cottages from Gold Rush era. Interesting page and destination.

  • Aurora907's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2005 at 9:23 AM

    You've done a great job on your Alaska pages...very informative, wonderful pictures, and quite organized!

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    May 12, 2005 at 2:54 AM

    It seems that the one day we are going to stay here during our Alaska tour this july will be to short...... Great page, and tips!

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    Mar 12, 2005 at 2:51 PM

    saw someone elses page about hotsprings and northern lights near here, Alaska looks kind of expensive next to Montana. Still looks like a fun place to go.

  • ferdnbean's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2005 at 9:12 PM

    Eureka...this page has stuck GOLD... great info, advice and photos!!! The Gold medalist for Alaskan Pages is S-C Conn! Wayne

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    Feb 16, 2005 at 4:06 PM

    Hey, I stayed also at Billie's! We REALLY have same thoughts here. Great FBX pages overall. The summer there is beautiful.

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2005 at 8:03 PM

    I've enjoyed your Alaska page. We visited in August 2004. We took a seven night cruise and a four night land adventure. We didn't see much wildlife. Thanks for checking my Sevierville page!

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