Fairbanks

Interior & Arctic AlaskaDeep Inside Alaska

Fairbanks is your gateway to Alaska's vast Interior and expansive Arctic. The White Mountains National Recreation Area is just north of town, with a wild river and extensive trail system. Head north to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Access the North Slope or the Arctic Circle. Visit Barrow, Fort Yukon, Anaktuvuk Pass, Galena, Coldfoot, Beaver, Ruby, Bettles and the Yukon River.

Head south to Denali by a 4-hour leisurely train ride or short 2-hour drive. Auto rentals, air and ground transportation, guided eco-tours, fishing and boat charters and wildlife tours can be arranged through professional outfitters. Make Fairbanks your base camp as you explore rural villages, see caribou migrations and polar bear, hike in rugged mountains, float mighty rivers and fly-fish remote streams.

Also see: White Mountains National Recreation Area | Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Gates of the Arctic National Park

did you know

  • The Arctic Circle is the latitude where the sun doesn't set for one day at summer solstice (June 20 or 21) and doesn't rise for one day at winter solstice (December 21 or 22).
  • The Interior is characterized by large rivers in broad valleys in the central part of Alaska. Climatic extremes mean colder winters and warmer summers than in other regions of the state. As far as the eye can see, there are expansive forests of birch, aspen and spruce.