Visitor FAQs

How much time do I need to see Fairbanks?

Fairbanks is the gateway to Alaska and a great place to orient oneself to a far north vacation! Allow at least 2 full days to experience some of what Fairbanks has to offer, from river trips to museums, gold mining to Flight-seeing, sight-seeing to shopping. You could also take a dip in one of the... Read full article

What time is it up there?

Most of Alaska is on Alaska Standard Time, which is one hour behind Seattle and rest of the West Coast. The far reaches of the Aleutian Islands and St. Lawrence Island are in the next time zone; Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time. Every region of Alaska participates in Daylight Savings Time, except... Read full article

Are there any military installations?

Fort Wainwright is located at the east end of Airport Way about four miles from Fairbanks International Airport. For information, call: (907) 353-1110. Eielson Air Force Base is 26 miles south of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. For information, call 377-2116.... Read full article

What clothing should I bring?

Layer, layer, layer! Temperatures may vary, even in a day, so bring sweaters, vests and jackets that may be added or removed for comfort. Fairbanks is a casual town so jeans, sweatshirts and tennis shoes are considered appropriate in Fairbanks on most occasions.... Read full article

How far away is Denali National Park?

You will find this six million acre natural wonder less than 125 miles from Fairbanks. Most will discover its beauty well worth the two hour drive! Visit the Denali Park homepage or their directions page to get more detailed information about getting there.... Read full article

How far is the airport from downtown?

Schedule at least a fifteen minute drive from the airport to most locations in downtown. You will find many of the major rental car providers represented in the terminal and taxi service should also be available. Some hotels have shuttle service, which you may want to schedule before you arrive.... Read full article

How can I receive a copy of the Fairbanks Visitors Guide?

Write: The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau Suite 111, 101 Dunkel Street Fairbanks, AK 99701-4806 Call: 1-800-327-5774 Or Click: Read full article

How did Fairbanks get its name?

First known as "Barnette's Cache," the name was changed in 1902 to honor Charles Warren Fairbanks, a U.S. Senator from Indiana and later Vice-President under Theodore Roosevelt. Sen. Fairbanks was also the political patron of Judge James Wickersham who suggested the name to E.T. Barnette, the city... Read full article

What is the population?

Latest Estimates from the US Census Bureau Fairbanks - 30,970 (Alaska's 2nd largest city) Fairbanks North Star Borough - 96,888 State of Alaska - 663,661 (42% reside in Anchorage)... Read full article

What is the weather like?

Fairbanks' weather is semi-arid with very little wind. In January highs are around 2 degrees F and lows average -18 degrees F. Average snowfall is 10" per month from October through March. In summer, we can have highs of 85 degrees F and lows of 40 degrees F. Average high and low... Read full article

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