The northern lights, the midnight sun, the magic of Fairbanks
With a population of nearly 33,000, Fairbanks is the second most populated city in Alaska (after its capital, Anchorage).
The main reason people used to come to Fairbanks is that it was at the heart of Alaska’s gold rush (in the early 1900s). Some of the reasons people come to stay in Fairbanks today is that it’s affordable (good income potential and excellent real estate values), it’s bursting with arts, culture, and entertainment, and it regularly boasts one of the most stunning sights in the natural world — the aurora borealis, a.k.a., The Northern Lights.
From late August to late April, the night skies over Fairbanks come alive as particles from the Earth’s atmosphere collide with particles from the sun’s atmosphere creating what looks like a living rainbow. But that’s not all: from mid-May to late July, Fairbanks has nearly 70 days of solid sun, days where, for a full 24 hours, the sun never really sets.
With its natural splendor, its big city comforts, and ready access to recreational activities such as skiing, hunting, fishing, and even dog sledding, Fairbanks has something special for everyone.
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