Established by the discovery of gold by Felix Pedro in 1902, Fairbanks is located in the Tanana Valley of Alaska's interior. In the early 20th century, sternwheelers carried settlers and miners along the Chena and Tanana Rivers as they do for visitors today. The second-largest city in Alaska, Fairbanks is named the '''Golden Heart City'' for its historical and modern gold industries and for its central location. The city serves as the hub of the region known as Alaska's Interior. In the summer, visitors and residents alike enjoy nearly 24 hours of light daily. Visitors have many choices in Fairbanks. Experience Fairbanks' rich Gold Rush history via sternwheeler, or visit one of the region's many gold mines. The Arctic Circle and the Yukon River are just a short flight away.

Top things to do and see in Fairbanks: View Excursions

  • 1Arctic Circle

    The Arctic Circle, the region around the North Pole, includes the northern parts of Europe, Asia, and North America, and the Arctic and Subarctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland.

  • 2Riverboat Discovery

    A cruise aboard an authentic sternwheeler riverboat along the Chena and Tanana Rivers offers a demonstration of a fish wheel, as well as insight into Athabascan Indian culture and the Iditarod.

  • 3Trans-Alaska Pipeline

    The 800-mile-long Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is one of the largest pipeline systems in the world, stretching from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, the northernmost ice-free port in North America.

  • 4Gold Dredge # 8

    From a ride on the Tanana Valley Railroad into the gold fields of the Interior to a tour of the mining camp and gold panning, Alaska's mining history comes alive at the Gold Dredge #8.

  • 5Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

    The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum features over 70 historically significant American automobiles and showcases the interesting heritage of the automobile during Alaska's post-Gold Rush era.

  • 6Chena Hot Springs & Ice Museum

    Chena Hot Springs is a hot spring and year-round resort. On site is the Aurora Ice Museum considered the most artistic ice hotel in the world with an ice chandelier mimicking the northern lights.

  • 7Pioneer Park

    This 44-acre theme park commemorates Alaska's pioneering history, and features several Alaska museums and historical displays, including an old Alaska riverboat and narrow gauge railroad.

  • 8Native Cultures

    The native cultures of Alaska have had a significant impact on the state. Come learn about their rich history and take a closer look at their unique and extraordinary ways of life.