Art Department

Living in Fairbanks

Photo Student Skiing
Photo by Naoki Kuku

Fairbanks is the second largest metropolitan area in the state of Alaska. We are located at 64 N degrees latitude, 350 miles north of Anchorage. The city has a unique and rich history of Native Alaskan cultures, gold mining, and oil development. Fairbanks is a center for tourism, construction and transportation in Interior Alaska. The city has an active and diverse visual, literary and performing arts community.

University of Alaska Museum of the North 
Fairbanks Arts Association

Fairbanks' Climate 
The climate in Interior Alaska ranges from extreme cold in winter to the long, hot days of summer. From October to March winter reigns with long nights and snow. The temperature could go down to –40F or lower in mid-winter. Fairbanks is known for beautiful northern lights (Aurora Borealis) during the long winter nights. Summer is warm and daylight can last for nearly 24 hours. We are in the land of the Midnight Sun. The temperature ranges from 30F to 90F from May to August. This diverse climate is the hallmark of our scenic Alaskan wilderness. Outdoor activities, including skiing, mushing, snowmobiling, hiking, cycling, canoeing, boating, hunting and fishing are popular in the region.

Fairbanks Visitor's Guide (Fairbanks Convention and Visitor's Bureau)
UAF Visitor's Guide