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Fairbanks Introduction


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Fairbanks, Alaska—named for former Indiana Sen. Charles Fairbanks—is truly a frontier. The gateway to the Arctic is spread out on a seemingly endless plain in the Tanana Valley, with only a few downtown high-rises and plenty of log cabins dotting the residential districts.   Click here to see the full Fairbanks travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fairbanks Geography


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Spread out along the forested floor of Tanana Valley along the banks of the Chena River, Fairbanks is fairly easy to navigate. However, do watch out for a number of one-way streets in the downtown area.  Click here to see the full Fairbanks travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fairbanks History


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The Fairbanks area was originally a fishing zone for native Athabascans. When the gold rush arrived in the Klondike, prospectors flocked to the region in hopes of striking it rich. In 1901, E.T. Barnette was dumped off his sternwheeler at the present location of First Avenue and Cushman Street when the river became too shallow for the ship to continue up the Chena River. He had planned to start up a general store farther north, where miners were finding gold.   Click here to see the full Fairbanks travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fairbanks Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Although Denali National Park is a top sightseeing draw for visitors to Fairbanks, the frontier town itself and the immediate surrounding area also have much to offer. Visitors can relive the gold-rush days at the Gold Dredge 8 or witness firsthand how pioneers made their way north on the sternwheeler Nenana. Pioneer Park offers museums and historic mementos to create the aura of days long past, and the Alaska Native Village Museum harks back to a time before the first European settlers paddled upriver.  Click here to see the full Fairbanks travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fairbanks Nightlife


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Fairbanks is clearly not Los Angeles, New York or even Seattle when it comes to nightlife, but it does offer some nice options for cooling your heels at the end of a busy day.   Click here to see the full Fairbanks travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fairbanks Restaurants & Dining


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About an hour by plane from the port city of Anchorage, Fairbanks is a great place to get fresh seafood. Still, restaurants offer plenty of red meat and a number of fine options. Asian cuisine is popular in Fairbanks, which can be a nice way to have a lighter meal or find some vegetarian options.   Click here to see the full Fairbanks travel guide on Travel42 »

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