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Fairbanks Is The Gateway to Alaska

Oct 7, 2007
Fairbanks is the largest city in the Interior region of Alaska, and second largest in the state.

It is the principal city of the Fairbanks, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Before Fairbanks was founded, Koyukon Athabaskans lived, fished, and hunted along the shores of the Tanana River for thousands of years. The Tanana and other rivers also served as trade routes with other Athabaskans and Inuit.

The town grew as prospectors made their way to the gold fields via the Chena steamboat landing. Barnette, initially unhappy to find themselves far from the proven gold fields, nonetheless stayed put when the prospectors came to camp to trade.

Within a few years, Fairbanks became the largest city in Alaska though Anchorage is much larger now.
The city of Fairbanks is now a vibrant community, alive with activity, beauty, and a rich history.

Sitting just 358 miles north of Anchorage by way of the Parks Highway, likes to think that it instead of Delta that it is the end of the Alaska Highway.

Its central location makes it the focal point for the tiny villages scattered throughout the surrounding wilderness, and Fairbanks is a staging point for North Slope villages such as Barrow and the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay.

Yet, unlike Anchorage, it still retains its down home frontier feel. It is contained within the North Star Borough, similar to a county, but which is roughly the size of New Jersey.

Alaska may be known for its harsh winter climate, but the people of Fairbanks prefer to enjoy their wonderful summers to the fullest while they can.

The Interior has temperatures ranging from 65 degrees below zero in the winter to 90 degrees above in the summer.

Whether you are here for business or pleasure, you will want to take advantage of our cosmopolitan charms and fine hospitality in a frontier setting.

Are you looking for an Alaskan outdoors adventure, then a Fantastic Stay in a rustic lodging or camp in the backcountry.

Outfit your own outdoors adventure or let one of the many outfitters or guide services help. When you are ready for a taste of the good life, book an elegant room in one of the many hotels or bed and breakfasts.

Enjoy fine dining with the special northern flair that is on offer. Sample some fine wine or a locally made craft brew and take in all of the gorgeous scenery around you.

Be sure to save time while you are there to visit the historic and not so historic landmarks, make a day trip to some of Alaskas most spectacular sites and much, much more.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Rental SiteFairbanks
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