Fairbanks is the largest city in the interior region of Alaska. The city is known both as the golden heart of Alaska and as America's coldest city. Located in the central Tanana Valley, it straddles the Chena River near its crossing with the Tanana River.
Athabascan peoples used the area for thousands of years for seasonal hunting and fishing, prior to the town's founding in 1901. Founded largely by gold prospectors, Fairbanks quickly became a site for many drift and lode mines. Nowadays the city is a launching-off point for sightseeing tours and outdoor recreational excursions.
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Fairbanks is considered subarctic, with long, very cold winters, and short, warm summers. Winter lasts from mid-October until mid-to-late April, with lows typically around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Occasionally snow flurries will occur in May. Fairbanks’ warmest month is June, with highs in the low 60s. Fairbanks experiences 3 hours and 41 mins of sunshine on the Winter Solstice (Dec 20-21), and 21 hours and 49 mins of sunshine on the Summer Solstice (June 20-21).
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Airlines that fly to Fairbanks International Airport
You can reach Fairbanks International Airport from many major US cities, such as Seattle/Tacoma and Anchorage. Some cities are on a Seasonal flight schedule, such as Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Here are some of the popular airlines that service this airport:
- Alaska Airlines
- United Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
What to expect when arriving at Fairbanks International Airport
Fairbanks International Airport is fairly close to the city, about 3 miles from the central business district. There are also many taxi, rideshare and car rental options available. Many hotels in the area offer free shuttle service to the airport and back, including Sophie Station Suites, Golden North Motel, and Bridgewater Hotel.
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Facilities at Fairbanks International Airport
Fairbanks International Airport is a small airport with only seven gates, two for commuter carriers and five for larger carriers. It boasts free WiFi throughout the terminal. There is a YMCA Military Lounge available for members of the military only, located on the lower level near the baggage belts open from noon-midnight.
What to see and do in Fairbanks
Cruise and land tours of Alaska often include a stop at the city of Fairbanks. Both summer and winter sees crowds of tourists who come to see various celebrations such as the Midnight Sun Game in June and the World Ice Art Championships in February.
You'll have a high chance of catching sight of the beautiful aurora borealis, a natural phenomenon visible over 200 days per year in the city's vicinity. If visiting during the winter, be on the lookout for ice fog, which occurs when air is so cold that the moisture in human breath or automobile exhaust freezes into a fog suspended in the air.
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