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Destination guide

An Alaskan adventure in the Golden Heart City

You’ll need to bring some extra layers when visiting what’s been dubbed America’s coldest city. But then, the winter atmosphere is part of the magic of Fairbanks. The scenic wonders extend to the sky itself, as Fairbanks is known as a prime spot for seeing the dreamy, green hues of the aurora borealis, or northern lights. The surrounding mountain ranges and mirror-like waterways all help make this a serene and refreshing getaway, while Fairbanks vacation rentals – which include quaint wooden cabins and large family pads – will make you feel right at home.

Things to do

Icy exhibitions in Fairbanks

Ice sculpting is taken very seriously around these parts, and you can see some gleaming examples at the Fairbanks Ice Museum. As well as being able to check out some elegantly carved works of icy art, you can also whoosh down the ice slide, and even see a sculpture made before your eyes. Meanwhile, aviation buffs should visit the Pioneer Air Museum, where gleaming, vintage planes and engrossing photographic exhibits tell the long story of air travel in Alaska. If you have tots in tow, make sure you treat them to a visit to Fairbanks Children’s Museum, where colorful, interactive exhibits will light up little minds.

Activities

Getting active around Fairbanks

The ethereal landscape around Fairbanks vacation rentals makes this a haven for outdoorsy types. When the snow is on the ground, you can take a quintessentially Alaskan trip by going dog sledding. After being introduced to the huskies, you can hop on the sled and be whisked on a thrilling ride over the white plains. Another great way to see the landscape is by snowmobile, with tours taking visitors right up into the epic White Mountains. A very different kind of excursion can be taken on the Chena River, with float trips providing ideal fishing and wildlife-spotting opportunities. Keep an eye out for beavers and bald eagles.

Weather

The midnight sun in Fairbanks

If you want to visit the land of the midnight sun, book your Fairbanks vacation rental for between April and August. These are the months when there’s near constant daylight, adding a surreal and other-worldly ambience to the region. You’ll see locals gardening, playing sports, and walking their dogs in the middle of the night, while big community events spring up to celebrate the season. The northern lights are another big draw, and you should visit between September and March for the best chance of seeing the aurora flicker and ripple through the dark skies. The early spring is recommended for seeing the northern lights while also enjoying longer daylight hours than in the depths of winter.

Natural features

Epic excursions near Fairbanks

Nestled in the Tanana Valley, close to where the Chena River meets with the Tanana River, Fairbanks is ideally located for jaunts into the big, white wilderness. Numerous nature trails will let you see wildflowers or find a perfect vantage point for the northern lights, while over in Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, hiking paths will take you amid wetlands where cranes and other birds congregate. To warm up on a chilly day, an excursion to Chena Hot Springs, with its soothing, rejuvenating waters, is a must.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Fairbanks

The nearest airport is in Fairbanks, AK (FAI-Fairbanks Intl.), located 20.3 mi (32.7 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Fairbanks, AK?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 124 vacation rentals around Fairbanks. From 29 cabin rentals to 53 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Fairbanks?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Fairbanks. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks: 115 vacation rentals
  • Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center: 116 vacation rentals
  • North Star Golf Club: 116 vacation rentals
  • Moose Mountain: 104 vacation rentals
  • Ski Land: 87 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fairbanks listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Fairbanks?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 29 Cabins in Fairbanks. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fairbanks include:

  • Houses: 53 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 20 rentals available
  • Cottages: 29 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fairbanks?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 12 vacation rentals with pool available in Fairbanks. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.