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Fairbanks is the second largest city, by area after Anchorage, in Alaska and has a population of just over 735,000. As the city is less than 190 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, sunlight hours during seasons vary greatly with summer bringing really long hours of light. On the other hand, the shortest day in winter (around the 21st June) sees just 3 hours of sunlight.
The Fairbanks International Airport is located only 5 kilometres southwest of the central business district of Fairbanks and is only a relatively small airport with just 7 gates. The airport and its security screening points are open 24-hours and Wi-Fi is conveniently available.
A lot of visitors to Fairbanks come for the magnificent Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. This spectacular sight is best witnessed during September and April and away from city lights, so a short drive to the nearby hills is recommended.
The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum is a special attraction for visitors as it displays the motoring history of Alaska. The Museum of the North exhibits the largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe bison. It also pays homage to Alaska's Russian lineage and explores its gold-mining history. Fishing camps are held during the summer season, which offer panoramic views of Nuchalawoyya, which is the meeting point of the Yukon and Tanana Rivers. For beautiful sights, the McKinley Explorer is a scenic railroad that provides services between the cities of Anchorage, Talkeetna and Denali Park, and is definitely worth a look. For art and culture, the Palace Theatre is a historical theatre which often holds musical broadways.
Fairbanks is the capital of ice art, and subsequently the Aurora Ice Museum was built as a way to uplift tourism at the Hot Springs Resort in Chena, situated northeast of Fairbanks. The Chena River State Recreation area is operational throughout all seasons. At Granite Tors you can enjoy adventure through hiking, rock climbing and even a spin on a harnessed dog team. For those that just want to relax in nature, you can simply go camping, the Park disappoints nobody.
The Robert G White Large Animal Research Station at the University of Alaska, which is the oldest university in Alaska, is visited by thousands each year. It is here that you will get a chance to see the fauna of Fairbanks including muskoxen, domestic reindeer and caribou during the summer.