Located in the heart of Alaska's Interior, on both shores of the Chena River, Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska. In 1902, Felix Pedro found gold in the region and visitors today can experience the abundance of gold mining history by touring a working gold mine and even visiting an authentic gold dredge.
Fairbanks is the hub to the Interior and Arctic Regions. Only 2 hours south of Fairbanks lies the highest peak in North America, Mt. McKinley and 198 miles north lies the Arctic Circle.
Fairbanks' climate is sub-arctic and has some of the most extreme and variable weather in the world. Winters are very long, lasting from late September to mid-April. The good news though is once the snow melts, Fairbanks is known for its lingering summer days. The sun is up for 21 hours and 49 minutes on the 21st of June with 24 hours of usable daylight. In summer the local golf clubs have all-night golfing and recreational sports like softball have “Midnight Sun” leagues where games actually start at 12am!