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Fairbanks, the second largest city in Alaska, is located in the central Tanana Valley. It's known by its residents as "The Golden Heart of Alaska", a reference to its geographical location, the warmth of its people and its history as a Gold Rush Town. Fairbanks has a subarctic climate, with long, bitterly cold winters and short, warm summers.
Fairbanks flights arrive at Fairbanks International Airport (FAI), which is situated approximately three miles from the city. Cheap flights to Fairbanks from the UK take upwards of 16 hours, including connection times. Many Fairbanks flights have connections in Seattle or Anchorage.
Some cheap Fairbanks hotels offer a shuttle service for passengers arriving on a flight to Fairbanks and cheap Fairbanks car hire is widely available. The easiest way to get around Fairbanks is by car, although taxis are easy to find if you'd rather someone else drive. The Metropolitan Area Commuter System (MACS) runs public bus services around the city.
The Northern Lights are at their most dazzling from December to March when nights are longest and the sky darkest. During the summer, vistors can explore the lakes, parks and national forests and visit local breweries and wineries. There is a replica Gold Rush street at Alaskaland, including original pioneer log cabins and a saloon. The University of Alaska Museum is great for understanding more about this exciting area and it contains amongst its exhibits a mummified, prehistoric bison. Each July, Fairbanks hosts the Golden Days Festival, a five day event that honours the city's past. Just north of the city is Fort Knox, Alaska's largest gold mine.