Fairbanks is the largest city in the Interior region of Alaska. 2018 estimates put the population of the city proper at and the population of the Fairbanks North Star Borough making it the second most populous metropolitan area in Alaska (after Anchorage). The Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses all of the Fairbanks North Star Borough and is the northernmost Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States.
Angel Rocks Trail
A fantastic hike which takes you to a lovely panoramic view of the surrounding landscapes. The trail is around 3.5 miles in a loop, taking and average of 2 to 3 hours to complete and is amenable for even the beginner hiker.Just make sure you wear the correct footwear and you will have no problems reaching the peak and enjoying the view.There are also longer trails for the more experienced or those looking for a bigger challenge. If you are unsure of your route you could always book on a walking tour or hire a local guide for extra confidence.
Devoted to all things ice, this museum will put you in a winter mood no matter what the summer temperatures are like. You’ll see several large ice displays, a freezer you can go in to feel like it’s 20 degrees below zero, a huge-screen slide show with the annual World Ice Art championships, and freezers with huge ice tableaux. The Ice Museum opens for the summer season in May. If you are visiting Fairbanks in February and March come to the Fairbanks Ice Park Outdoor Kids Park and Ice Sculpture Exhibition.
Northern lights tour
One of the big draws for out of town visitors to Alaska is the chance to see the fantastic Northern Lights. Here in Fairbanks you can take a tour to get the best views of the colours of the sky and an unforgettable experience. There are a few different tour companies that offer the same kind of tour with the ultimate aim of finding the best spots to see the lights. Drive from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle and enjoy a beautiful view of the sky and get tips of how to best photograph the spectacular Aurora Borealis.
Midnight Sun Festival
Each year, the streets of downtown Fairbanks burst with a 12-hour, family-friendly street fair packed with live music, performances and hundreds of booths selling food, crafts, official festival t-shirts, and handmade souvenirs. Activities include face painting, gold panning, an annual BBQ cook-off, sled dog puppies, and a skate park. This popular block party reflects the importance of summer solstice to Interior Alaskans.