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Fairbanks, AK, USA

Fairbanks vacation rentals

An Alaskan adventure in the Golden Heart City

You’ll need to bring some extra layers when visiting what’s been dubbed America’s coldest city. But then, the winter atmosphere is part of the magic of Fairbanks. The scenic wonders extend to the sky itself, as Fairbanks is known as a prime spot for seeing the dreamy, green hues of the aurora borealis, or northern lights. The surrounding mountain ranges and mirror-like waterways all help make this a serene and refreshing getaway, while Fairbanks vacation rentals – which include quaint wooden cabins and large family pads – will make you feel right at home.

Getting active around Fairbanks

The ethereal landscape around Fairbanks vacation rentals makes this a haven for outdoorsy types. When the snow is on the ground, you can take a quintessentially Alaskan trip by going dog sledding. After being introduced to the huskies, you can hop on the sled and be whisked on a thrilling ride over the white plains. Another great way to see the landscape is by snowmobile, with tours taking visitors right up into the epic White Mountains. A very different kind of excursion can be taken on the Chena River, with float trips providing ideal fishing and wildlife-spotting opportunities. Keep an eye out for beavers and bald eagles.

Icy exhibitions in Fairbanks

Ice sculpting is taken very seriously around these parts, and you can see some gleaming examples at the Fairbanks Ice Museum. As well as being able to check out some elegantly carved works of icy art, you can also whoosh down the ice slide, and even see a sculpture made before your eyes. Meanwhile, aviation buffs should visit the Pioneer Air Museum, where gleaming, vintage planes and engrossing photographic exhibits tell the long story of air travel in Alaska. If you have tots in tow, make sure you treat them to a visit to Fairbanks Children’s Museum, where colorful, interactive exhibits will light up little minds.

The midnight sun in Fairbanks

If you want to visit the land of the midnight sun, book your Fairbanks vacation rental for between April and August. These are the months when there’s near constant daylight, adding a surreal and other-worldly ambience to the region. You’ll see locals gardening, playing sports, and walking their dogs in the middle of the night, while big community events spring up to celebrate the season. The northern lights are another big draw, and you should visit between September and March for the best chance of seeing the aurora flicker and ripple through the dark skies. The early spring is recommended for seeing the northern lights while also enjoying longer daylight hours than in the depths of winter.

Epic excursions near Fairbanks

Nestled in the Tanana Valley, close to where the Chena River meets with the Tanana River, Fairbanks is ideally located for jaunts into the big, white wilderness. Numerous nature trails will let you see wildflowers or find a perfect vantage point for the northern lights, while over in Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, hiking paths will take you amid wetlands where cranes and other birds congregate. To warm up on a chilly day, an excursion to Chena Hot Springs, with its soothing, rejuvenating waters, is a must.