Fairbanks is best seen in the summer time as winter has short days and frigid temperatures. Temperatures plummet to - 40 degrees or lower for days or even weeks. The low temperatures cause ice fog which hangs in the still air. However, one winter tourist attraction is the Northern lights which are spectacular to watch in the winter skies. The Northern Lights are seen from late August through early April. The show can last for hours in the winter. But, the sky is too light in the summer for seeing the Northern lights.
The Fairbanks Convention and Visitor Bureau and Information center is located at 550 First Avenue. Here you can pick up brochures on tourism.
Fairbanks is located on the Chena River. You can take a 4 hour narrated riverboat excursion 20 miles on the Chena and Tanana rivers. Riverboats run twice daily. Places to see include: The Immaculate Conception Church and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Both churches have beautiful stained glass windows. The Key Bank was the First National Bank started in 1905 which is the oldest national bank in Alaska. Other places of see are: The Old Federal Courthouse, Co-op Plaza, Ice Palace or the Northward Building, shopping for native handicrafts and animal furs. Pioneer Park is located at the corner of Peger Rd and Airport Way. Here you will find the Mining valley on the west end of the park. There is a mining town worth visiting here.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) has a museum that features exhibits featuring Native Cultures, prehistoric objects, a 36000 year old bison carcass and Eskimo artifacts. The Geophysical Institute offers tours. Creamers field is within the city limits offering hiking trails to a waterfowl refuge.
The nearby Trans Alaska oil pipeline is at Mile 8.4/13.5.
Events include the Winter Carnival, the North American Open Sled Dog Championship, The Yukon Quest, Festival of Native Arts, The World Eskimo Indian Olympics, The Alaska State Fair, the Tanana Valley Fair, arts and crafts fair. The Yukon quest is a 1000 mile sled dog race that races between Whitehorse Yukon Territory, Canada and Fairbanks.
Airports serving the area: Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)
For lodging see Fairbanks hotels.