Beyond the “Golden Heart” are our Alaskan neighbors and partners. It is hard to grasp how beautiful, expansive and diverse Alaska is—from the Inside Passage, to Southcentral, to the Aleutian Islands. These regions endeavor together to provide visitors with activities, dining, shopping, lodging, services and transportation to ensure successful travel around Alaska. Many visitors to Fairbanks take the opportunity to continue their travels throughout Alaska as part of a comprehensive trip.
2017 is a historic year for Alaska as it marks the 150th anniversary of the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States. In 1867, under the leadership of US Secretary of State William H. Seward, Russia, and the United States signed the Treaty of Cession, agreeing to the sale of vast Alaskan lands for $7 million dollars. It was thought by many that Alaska was a frozen wasteland and the purchase became known as “Seward’s Folly" or “Seward’s Icebox.”