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At 65 degrees north latitude, the sky takes on a capricious life of its own—a canvas for the aurora borealis, the midnight sun, and sunsets and sunrises that last forever. Home to serious mountain ranges, pristine rivers and lakes, abundant wildlife and a certain poignant solitude that is found nowhere else on earth. Locals embrace the natural world and have created a vibrant river city in the far north. Where else can you travel to such a remote locale and still enjoy all the amenities of a charming downtown, a thriving arts community, rich Alaska Native culture, authentic Alaskan activities and attractions and endless opportunities for exploration?

Top Spots

Photograph the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska

1 mi / 1 ft gain

Wander Lake Trail

Fairbanks, Alaska

1.57 mi / 131 ft gain

Chena Riverwalk

Fairbanks, Alaska

7.51 mi / 509 ft gain

Farm Road Trail and Chickadee Loop

Fairbanks, Alaska

2.38 mi / 161 ft gain

Boreal Forest and Seasonal Wetland Trail

Fairbanks, Alaska

2.41 mi / 171 ft gain

Birch Hill's Blue Loop Trail

Fairbanks, Alaska

1.26 mi / 161 ft gain

Ballaine Lake, Estle Connector, Baseline Classic Loop

Fairbanks, Alaska

4.09 mi / 302 ft gain

Pearl Creek Cross County Skiing Trail

Fairbanks, Alaska

1.08 mi / 49 ft gain

Powerline Loop

Fairbanks, Alaska

2.78 mi / 338 ft gain

Guides and stories

These photographers set out to film the aurora borealis from the edge of space

These photographers set out to film the aurora borealis from the edge of space

Kyle Frost

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