About Fairbanks, Alaska
Nestled in the interior of Alaska, Fairbanks is known as the 'Golden Heart' city, a reputation acquired from decades of exhibiting warm Alaskan hospitality. Not only is Fairbanks the 2nd largest city in Alaska, but also Fairbanks boasts the largest ownership of airplanes owned by private citizen, the greatest number of resident dog mushers, the greatest number of resident artists, and is home to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The Museum of the North has won more awards and accollades than any other new architecture in the state built in the last 10 years. Fairbanks is home to the International World Ice Championship which brings ice artists from around the globe anually to sculp in the famous perfect ice of the frozen Alaska interior.
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As of 2009, Fairbanks's population is 34,540 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 3.04 percent.
The median home cost in Fairbanks is $167,450. Home appreciation the last year has been -6.10 percent.
Compared to the rest of the country, Fairbanks's cost of living is 12.43% Higher than the U.S. average.
Fairbanks, Alaska grew out of valley, the Tananna River Valley. Downtown Fairbanks, close to the banks of the Chena River is mostly flat. However, the borough of Fairbanks is very hilly. The temperature up in the hills of Chena Ridge are 8 to 10 degrees warmer than downtown.
Fairbanks moose eating greens from the Chena River bottom.
University of AK Museum of the North
Tanana Chief River Tour & Dinner
Large Animal Research Center
Georgeson Botanical Garden
Creamers Field Bird Sanctuary
Mary Shields Dog Mushing Demo
Chena Hot Springs
Pioneer Park (Canoe & Bike Rental next door)
El Dorado Gold Mine, Gold Dredge No 9
Musk Ox Farm
North Star Golf Course
Fairbanks, AK, gets 14 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 63 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 116.
On average, there are 155 sunny days per year in Fairbanks, AK. The July high is around 71 degrees. The January low is -20. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 83 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
Tips from Dale and Jo View Suites, Fairbanks, Alaska
Don't worry about what to wear other than being comfortable. In Fairbanks if your clothes don't have any mud or dog snot on them, you're ready for church.
Fairbanks is about natural beauty. Rent a car and do the scenic drive out Goldstream Valley or just drive around Chena Ridge. Either the Riverboat Discovery, or The Tanana Chief will give you a great ride down the Chena River. There are two goldmines tours you can take. You can rent canoes if you want to explore the river on your own, but be advised it is a might cold river if you fall in. There are many bike paths around Fairbanks and you can rent mountain bikes. Hiking trails abound. Creamers Field Bird Sanctuary is not only a great place to see migratory birds, but also a wonderful place to walk through a Boreal Forest trail conveniently suited with a board walk. Within Creamers Field is the Alaska Bird Observatory which regularly has guided tours and special bird visitors. Drive by the Large Animal Research Center to count this season's baby carabou. A day trip to Chena Hot Springs is good for the soul. A day trip to the Artic Circle is good for bragging rights. Get your photo taken at the Alaska Pipe Line. Go to Pioneer Park and walk through Historic Buildings which are like going back in time. Or, just eat your way through Pioneer Park and listen to the live summer music.
The 1st Friday of every month is Art Walk in which all the local galleries and craft studio's open their doors with special events and free refreshments.
Opera Fairbanks is active all year with special performances.
July 18 -August 1 is the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
Dress in layers. Carry water. Our air is really dry. Don't trust your GPS. Pack a hardcopy map. Look for moose on both sides of the road and if you see one, give it plenty of room. Starting the last week of August until the last week of March it is possible to see the aurora.
University of Alaska Museum of the North-- The museum’s research collections – 1.4 million artifacts and specimens – represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. The collections are organized into 10 disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North. The museum is also the premier repository for artifacts and specimens collected on public lands in Alaska and a leader in northern natural and cultural history research. Click here for special events and program.
Riverboat Discovery-- Welcome aboard! Your three-and-a half hour cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska and the heart of a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for four generations. You will see a bush plane taking off from a "bush" style runway, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher, and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture. Alaskan Native guides who have worked and lived in Alaska will take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village.
Eldorado Gold Mine-- A two-hour guided tour takes you through a permafrost tunnel where Alaska's history comes alive. Enjoy a walking tour of our mining camp. Meet and talk with Alaska miners as you learn about present day placer mining methods. After a short course in gold mining, grab your own "poke" filled with pay dirt right out of a sluice box and try your hand at panning for gold. Everyone finds gold. We guarantee it!
Alaska Public Lands Information Center-- The centers serve the public on behalf of eight federal and state agencies which manage public lands in Alaska. The agencies are the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Geological Survey, Forest Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Department of Commerce, Community &
Economic Development, Alaska Department of Transportation, and the Department of Natural Resources. Alaska's state and federal public lands are rich and varied. The centers provide one-stop access to visitor information on Alaska's public lands, including interpretive programs, daily films, brochures, mail and phone requests and special events.
Pioneer Park-- Is an enormous gathering of museums (7), entertainment event, shops (14), restaurants( 9), and attractions like the Palace Theater, Big Stampede Show, and Bear Gallery. See local art. Eat. Walk through historic building. Or just ride the train.
Big Dipper Ice Skating-- Ice skating and Hockey.
Tanana Chief River Tour & Dinner-- Greatland River Tours offers sightseeing and meal cruises on its authentic stern wheeler, the Tanana Chief.
Arctic Circle Flight-seeing Tours-- May 15 to September 15
Georgeson Botanical Garden-- is a nationally recognized botanical garden and a member of a national network of educational and research institutions dedicated to plant culture and conservation. It is designed to allow the public to learn about plant culture in the far north.
Creamers Field Migratory Bird Sanctuary-- Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,000 acre state owned wildlife refuge located in Fairbanks, Alaska just north of the city center on College Road.
Mary Shields Dog Mushing-- You may have met her in one of her books, on television or at the Riverboat Discovery. Hear about her love of living in Alaska with her family of sled dogs. Learn about Mary's 39 years of adventure in mushing, where a dog team carries her to a quiet life in the wilderness. Her achievements have been recognized and honored by the State of Alaska and international dog mushing organizations.--
Chena Hot Springs-- Take a day trip to the hot springs. Have a soak. See the Aurora Ice Museum.
Musk Ox Farm, Large Animal Research Center-- he Large Animal Research Station conducts public tours of animal enclosures during the summer months, June through September. These tours allow the visitor a closer view of the muskoxen, caribou and reindeer maintained at LARS for research and education.
North Star Golf Course-- North Star Golf Club, North America's northernmost USGA course, is Alaska's great links style golf course. North Star offers VISITOR SPECIALS that include 9 or 18 holes of golf, golf cart, clubs, towel, logo ball, and certificate.
Alaska Bird Observatory is located at Creamer's Field
Alaska Rail Road Fairbanks to Anchorage Tour
Flight Seeing or Flight Fishing-- Fly out to remote lakes for fishing.
Museum of the North
Monster Cabbage at Georgeson Botantical Garden Fairbanks, Alaska