Fairbanks Travel Guide

When to visit Fairbanks

Fairbanks may have a reputation for chilly temperatures throughout the year, but many months offer pleasant weather and long, sunny days. Its location in the northern latitudes means more sunlight in the summer, with nearly 20 hours per day, and much darker skies in the winter. The most popular time is the summer for wildlife viewing and outdoor activities, cruise and other tours, and RVing. Winter brings lower prices, but unique activities such as aurora borealis (the Northern Lights) viewing, skiing, dog mushing, and ice fishing bring heightened visitation. The spring and fall see pleasant weather, but fewer visitors as cruises and passenger flights decrease when the weather gets cooler. read more

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