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Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska

No fancy stores, no pretty sidewalks. Fairbanks is not a scenic town. The
'capital of cracked wind shields' is wild and surrounded by subarctic bush on
all sides.
Ice fog in winter and mosquitoes in summer.
It's the heart of Alaska's great interior and the gateway to the 'last frontier'.
No city in the North is closer to the edge than Fairbanks.

Safeway cart on Airport Way

It's easy to love and hate Fairbanks at the same time. The city has a hospitable hominess that grows on a person, although downtown is plain and basic, with no remarkable sights or big attractions.

The climate is tough. Fairbanks has one of the widest temperature ranges of any city in the world. It can be really cold, like -66 F in January (record low). And it can be quite warm, like 99 F in July (record high). Winters are long and dark. Summers are short but the days have over 20 hours of sunlight.
Fairbanks is not close to any other city. And the wild frontier is still out there.

Alaska Pipeline

Of course there's always Pioneer Park, the
UAF campus, Creamer's Field, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline or the number one pastime in Fairbanks: shopping at Fred Meyer.

Fred Meyer

For weekends and day trips there's Denali Park, Chena Hot Springs, Circle Hot Springs and Manley Hot Springs, historic gold camps like Ester, Chatanika, Circle and Coldfoot, and photogenic towns like Nenana, Tanana and Wiseman.

Unknown First Family statue

Images of Fairbanks:

all photo's:
copyright Henk Binnendijk

Springhill Suites Mariott Hotel