FairbanksThe Golden Heart of Alaska

Take a deep breath and explore Fairbanks! With the summer sun shining nearly 24 hours a day, we are simply bursting with energy. Strike it rich panning for gold, float the Chena River, mingle with reindeer and musk oxen, cool off in an ice museum, take a refreshing hike, or be inspired by brilliant art galleries, museums, and historic sites. Late August to April you have a great chance to see the shimmering light of the aurora borealis. A host of other fascinating activities and events are unveiled during the winter. Once a gold rush boomtown, Fairbanks is now Alaska’s second largest metropolis known as the “Golden Heart City,” a testimony to the warmth of the people. The Alaska Highway, trans-Alaska oil pipeline, military bases, mining and the University of Alaska are all integral to Fairbanks’ past and future. The city population hovers around 32,000, but nearly 98,000 live in the Fairbanks North Star Borough—an area the size of New Jersey. Visitors find Fairbanks, the Last Frontier, inviting, invigorating and awe-inspiring.

Also see: City of Fairbanks | Fairbanks North Star Borough

did you know

  • First published in 1903, today's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner remains the only daily newspaper in Fairbanks.
  • By 1905, Fairbanks had a power plant, electricity and sewer services, a school, police and fire protection, a hospital and a three-story building.
  • 1969 marked the oil lease sale, adding $900 million to the state's coffers, and the construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline became a reality.