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Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city, is located in the vast Interior north of Denali and south of the Arctic Circle, bordered by the Alaska Range to the south and the Brooks Range to the north. The "Golden Heart" city is located in a broad lowland known as the Tanana Valley, which is crisscrossed by the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Fairbanks is an easy place to get to from all parts around the world and within the state. Fairbanks is the hub for the Interior and the Arctic with its small-town hospitality and pioneer spirit. It has first-class accommodations, top-rated visitor attractions, outdoor activities, historic sites, and access to pristine wilderness.
One of Alaska's most popular destinations is an easy 2-hour drive or 4-hour train trip from Fairbanks. Larger than the state of Massachusetts, Denali National Park and Preserve is six million acres of pristine wilderness. Denali, at 20,320 feet, dominates the park when visible. The varied terrain includes crystal clear rivers, mountain lakes, expansive tundra, alpine meadow, sweeping vistas and abundant wildlife. Visitor services are available along the Parks Highway, near the park entrance, at campgrounds and visitor centers, in Kantishna and in remote lodges. Activities include sightseeing, whitewater rafting, guided tours, horseback riding, ATV tours and flightseeing.
Alaska's Interior is the 175,000 square-mile inland area between the Alaska Range to the south and the Brooks Range to the North. It comprises about 30 percent of the state, making it as large as the states of Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio combined. This region uses Fairbanks as its gateway or as part of an inclusive itinerary. The Interior has diversity in its people, landscape, climate, culture and wildlife which is reflected in the activities of the region.
Experience firsthand the vast wilderness panoramas and tundra-laden landscape and fascinating indigenous cultures that are Alaska's Arctic. Within this region north of the Arctic Circle, you with find the majestic rugged Brooks Range, the Continental Divide at Atigun Pass and the rugged Dalton Highway (known as "the Haul Road" for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline) Explore both Athbascan and Eskimo villages. Enjoy village tours, cultural programs, oil field tours, historic sites, aurora viewing, wildlife viewing and more. A visit to the Arctic is one not to be forgotten.
Many visitors to Fairbanks take the opportunity to continue their travels to Alaska's Southeast, Southcentral, Interior, Aleutians and the Arctic as part of your comprehensive trip to Alaska.