Whether it’s the aurora dancing in the night sky or the midnight summer sun shining up to 24 hours a day, Fairbanks is an exceptional destination every day of the year. Bursting with energy and things to do, visitors find Fairbanks inviting, engaging and awe-inspiring. It truly is the heart of the last frontier. Get lucky panning for gold, float the Chena River, mingle with reindeer and musk oven, cool off in an ice museum, take a refreshing hike and look for birds and wildlife. Be inspired by art galleries, museums, cultural activities and historic sites. From August 21 through April 21, during aurora season in Fairbanks, you have a great chance to see the shimmering light of the aurora borealis. Fairbanks has outstanding aurora viewing since it is under the “Auroral Oval,” a ring-shaped zone over the far north where aurora activity is concentrated. Plus, Fairbanks’ low precipitation, meager light pollution and distance from coastal areas all contribute to consistently clear, dark nights which are ideal for aurora chasing. From April 22 through August 20, during the remarkable Midnight Sun season, the everlasting sun shines for up to 24 hours a day. A host of other fascinating activities and events await you during winter season. Once a gold rush hot spot then a pipeline boomtown, now known as the “Golden Heart of Alaska,” Fairbanks shines like a beacon in the wilderness. As you make your travel plans to Fairbanks, find up-to-date information about Alaska’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, including testing requirements, pinned to the top of Explore Fairbanks’ home page. With careful planning and precautions, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitation, we invite you to come “Explore Fairbanks Responsibly."