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In a time when uncertainty and change seem to dominate our days, we can rest assured that the sun will keep rising, the snow will keep falling and the northern lights will keep weaving their way across the sky. As Winter Season begins to settle in around Fairbanks, we invite you to come see the captivating light of the aurora borealis, frolic in a playground made of ice, experience the exhilarating sport of dog mushing and visit the charming town of North Pole. As you make your travel plans to Fairbanks, find up-to-date information about Alaska’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, including testing requirements, pinned to the top of our website. With careful planning and precautions, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitation, we invite you to come “Explore Fairbanks Responsibly” and embark on an unforgettable winter expedition in this sparkling land of ice and snow.

Fairbanks is a portal into a winter wonderland

With a blanket of snow covering the ground, hoarfrost clinging to the trees and the northern lights dancing overhead, Fairbanks is a traveler’s snowy paradise. Here you can mush a team of Alaska sled dogs through a pristine forest, watch two ton blocks of crystal clear ice turned into works of art or hit the trails via snowshoes, skis, fat tire bikes or hiking boots. Use Fairbanks as a basecamp to journey above the Arctic Circle, visit Santa in North Pole, check out Denali National Park in the winter or discover the warmth of an Alaska hot spring at the end of an adventure-filled day. The World Ice Art Championships, the Yukon Quest’s Summit Quest and other COVID-19 safe outdoor events are scheduled to take place this winter. The Fairbanks area is one of the best places on earth to stay up late and scan the skies and wait for the magical aurora borealis to appear. Imagine yourself here and then plan your trip to explore Fairbanks responsibly.

Where it’s Christmas every day

Explore Fairbanks - The Explorer, Santa Claus

Take a delightful drive along Santa Claus Lane, see streetlights decorated in candy cane motifs and mingle with Santa’s reindeer on a trip to North Pole, Alaska. Visit with Santa and tell him what’s on your list this year or send a letter from Santa to friends and family back home with an authentic North Pole postmark. Located just 20 minutes from Fairbanks, a trip to North Pole during the holiday season is truly magical. Read Blog »

Explore Fairbanks - Covid Conscious

Step-by-step guide for visiting Fairbanks

If you’re looking to visit Fairbanks from outside Alaska, check out our new step-by-step guide to help ensure that you have all the information you need to travel to Fairbanks in accordance with the current State of Alaska travel mandate, as well as to protect your health and safety during your time in Fairbanks. Mandates are subject to change. Travel Updates »

2020-21 Explore Fairbanks Visitors Guide

2020-21 Winter Guide Now Available

Email us to request copies of the brand new 2020-21 Winter Guide or a media kit or to talk about exciting story ideas about the Fairbanks region.

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