Welcome to Fairbanks and Interior Alaska, a fascinating land rich in gold mining history, outdoor wonders and friendly people.

There’s so much to see and do here, and our long summer days are perfect for letting you enjoy all that our region has to offer.

If the outdoors is your thing, well, you’ve come to a great part of the Last Frontier to experience it. You can hike and fish in the Chena River State Recreation Area, a 397-square mile park just outside of Fairbanks. Closer to town, you can relax at the Chena Lake Recreation Area and the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area, both run by the local government.

Want to spend some time at museums? There’s the University of Alaska Museum of the North, located on the university’s Fairbanks campus. There are also several niche museums, such as the Fairbanks Community Museum, Pioneer Air Museum, Pioneer Museum and Tanana Valley Railroad Museum.

Learn about life, culture and history of Interior Alaska at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center in Fairbanks.

This town was built on gold, and you can see the remains of the gold rush era and relive its glory today — and even do a little panning yourself.

And what about that 24 hours of daylight we’re known for? There’s so much activity at summer solstice in June that, just like the daylight, it’s non-stop. How about the famous Midnight Sun Baseball Game? The Midnight Sun Fun Run? Or the Midnight Sun Festival, June 23.

And don’t forget to take in the Chena River itself, the main waterway running through the center of town and feeding into the Tanana River, which itself feeds the mighty Yukon River. Take a leisurely cruise down the river in a stately paddlewheel, rent a canoe and float along with friends, or just take a pleasant walk along the riverside path.

There’s something for everyone here. We’re sure you’ll find lots of ideas and useful information on the pages of this Guide to Fairbanks and Interior Alaska to make your stay enjoyable and fulfilling.