My husband and I recently spent a few days in Fairbanks. It’s usually frigid this time of year. We lucked out on the temperatures—it was below zero for only a short time. A record snowfall made it remarkable, and beautiful, in a different way.
Fairbanks was founded in 1901, and has had its share of boom and bust times. (I set my book Golden Days in Gold Rush Fairbanks.) Currently, it’s the third largest city in Alaska at about 31,000 people. Fairbanks is a hub for Interior Alaska residents. The local university, military, retail businesses, and government are also important parts of the economy. In the summer, thousands of tourists come up as part of their cruise and land tours. In the winter, the pace is slower but there are still interesting things to do like see the aurora borealis (if the skies are clear), ride on a dog sled, and soak in the Chena Hot Springs just outside town. The frosted trees on rolling hills make lovely scenery.