Fairbanks Travel Blog

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Fairbanks, Alaska, 358 miles north of Anchorage (by way of the Parks Highway), likes to think that it (instead of Delta) is the end of the Alaska Highway. Its central location makes it the focal point for the tiny villages scattered throughout the surrounding wilderness, and Fairbanks is a staging point for North Slope villages such as Barrow and the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay. Yet, unlike Anchorage, it still retains its down home "frontier" feel. It is contained within the North Star Borough, similar to a county, but which is roughly the size of New Jersey!

Alaska may be known for its harsh winter climate, but Fairbanksans prefer to enjoy their wonderful summers to the fullest while they can. The Interior has temperatures ranging from 65 degrees below zero in the winter to 90 degrees above in the summer.
Gardening is big in the Interior.

Fairbanks is called "The Golden Heart of Alaska," a reference to the character of her people as much as to the location in Alaska's interior, or to the discovery of gold in 1902.

Because we are just 188 miles south of the Arctic Denali, known to Fairbanksans as Mt. McKinley Circle (above which the sun neither sets during the summer solstice, nor rises during the winter equinox) we also have very long summer days. The shortest winter day of the year has less than three hours of sunlight, the longest (around June 21) never really ends, though officially it has over 21 hours.

Alaska is now known as "The Last Frontier" but before that it was known as Small Falls "The Land of a Thousand Smokes" due to volcanoes and earthquake activity. But it is a huge state, with room for a wide variety of landscape, from small waterfalls like this one, to huge mountains, flat treeless tundra, hot springs, glaciers, and on and on. I cannot do this state justice describing it here, or even showing you pictures. You have to experience this state. And much of the fun of the trip is here, in the Interior.
schochon says:
Great coverage of Fairbanks!
Posted on: Jul 16, 2007
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