Life in Fairbanks
Q: Where is Fairbanks located?
A: Situated in the auroral oval region of Alaska, the city of Fairbanks lies in the Tanana Valley in the borough of North Star. The Chena River runs trhough the middle of the city, and it is close to the White Mountains and the Tanana River.
Q: What is special about Fairbanks?
A: Fairbanks is home to the oldest college in the state of Alaska. Situated about two hundred miles from the Arctic Circle, The University of Alaska was founded in the early 1900s and originally named The Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. The college is also home the The University of Alaska Museum of the North.
Q: What neighborhoods are in Fairbanks?
A: The communities of Fox and Ester were originally established as mining camps. College is home to UAF, The University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The rural neighborhood of Two Rivers is known for dog sledding trails and borders the Chena River State Recreation Area.
Q: What is there to do in Fairbanks?
A:The world famous northern lights of Alaska can be seen regularly from Fairbanks. The best time to see the lights is after midnight on a clear night, during the months of April and August. The natural illimunation in the sky, also called northern polar lights and the aurora borealis, is named in honor of Aurora, the goddess of the dawn.