We want to welcome you, members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, patriots one and all to the Fairbanks region. Let Explore Fairbanks help you go through this permanent change of station (PCS). We've crafted these pages just for military personnel and their dependents to discover new surroundings and opportunities. We hope to make the most of your experience in Alaska and Fairbanks as an extraordinary duty station. Jump to resources.
Fairbanks’ sub-arctic location is at the 65th parallel latitude. Here you can enjoy all the amenities of a charming downtown, a thriving arts community, phenomenal schools (elementary through university-level), a rich Alaska Native heritage and authentic Alaskan activities and countless outdoor attractions. There are endless opportunities to explore the sheer beauty of a sparkling winter day, the summer's everlasting sunshine or to scan the skies for the captivating northern lights.
There are many pages to explore on our website. These include relocation resources, things to do in Alaska’s Golden Heart, tourism industry employment and volunteering for local events, and many other activities for everyone.
The military became intertwined with Fairbanks during World War II. During the war, it became evident that a northernmost post was necessary to enable the United States to assist European allies and the desire for a road to Alaska became a priority. Expedited by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, construction began on the Alaska Highway in March of 1942 at Mile 0 in Dawson Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada, and joined the Richardson Highway in Delta Junction en route to Fairbanks a mere eight months later. An amazing military feat, the 1,390-mile-long (2,237 km) glorious, rough-and-tumble Alaska Highway rambles through some of the toughest, most remote terrain on the planet and still offers a most beautiful and pristine journey today.
Even though Uncle Sam considers Alaska to be an overseas duty station, Fairbanks has the amenities you would expect from any like-sized town in the Lower 48 (in Alaska, we refer to the other continental states as the “Lower 48”). These include public parks, shopping malls, box stores, a multiplex cinema, familiar name-brand stores and restaurants, and much more. In addition, Fairbanks offers much more than you might expect from a in a town of this size. At this world-class destination, you can enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences like riverboat tours, dog mushing, aurora (northern lights) viewing, hot springs, flightseeing and. We have put together a list of pages to explore on our website, as well as some resources for settling in and enjoying what life in the Last Frontier has in store. Click through the links below to unlock the warmth and hospitality of the Golden Heart of Alaska..
"Life’s pace moves quickly, and we often miss the beautiful complexity and delicacy of the world around us; but not in Fairbanks. Fairbanks inherently presents rapid seasonal changes, geographic remoteness and contending with larger-than-life ecosystems that can make people feel insignificant. Herein, lies the intangible value of Interior Alaska. A pause for consideration and a moment to observe cascading views of majestic landscapes augmented with abundant wildlife commands a new perspective to our intertwined life. The people of Fairbanks cherish and value the unique lifestyle Fairbanks demands. It is a place that will forever hold a slice of the heart as ‘home’ to anyone that has lived here."