**Updated : December 2022**
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What to Know Before Visiting Fairbanks
Fairbanks is located in central Alaska, and for many is a gateway to the Arctic. In addition to having a popular international airport, it is about a 6 hour drive from Anchorage (weather dependent) and has a population of about 33,000. It is a great town to explore during your trip to Alaska and has many unique experiences and great opportunities for Northern Lights viewing! We recommend visiting for about a week to get the most out of your adventures in the area! If visiting in the winter, we also highly recommend dressing with many layers as it can get quite a bit colder than Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.
Staying in Fairbanks
The trickiest part about visiting Fairbanks is finding accommodation. In the summer we typically stayed in our rooftop tent, however during our winter months we often struggled to find a cheap, decent place to stay because it is such a hot spot for the Northern Lights. We've gathered our favorites below:
Eating in Fairbanks
You'll love exploring Fairbanks if you enjoy eating at local restaurants with flare - although there are an almost endless number of eateries in the Fairbanks area, we've gathered our favorites for you to enjoy too! We 100% recommend stopping at these during your visit, they were our favorites!
Best Things to Do in Fairbanks
Like we mentioned earlier, there is so much to do in Fairbanks! We recommend staying for up to a week to include as many of these activities as you can! Remember that in the Winter it can get very cold, so it's important to bundle up to fully enjoy these experiences:
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We're Deborah & Tyler, a pretty average husband and wife duo from a pretty average state that didn't want to live so averagely. After our *Covid wedding we sold everything that didn't fit into the Jeep and moved to Alaska, then decided to take a gap year!
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