A product of the Gold Rush, Fairbanks has grown into a bustling trade and transportation center for Interior and Far North Alaska. Alaska's second largest city (population 32,156) is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Fairbanks enjoys more than 20 hours of daylight from mid-May through July. Popular regional activities include cruising the Chena and Tanana rivers on an authentic sternwheeler, canoe, or raft; observing musk oxen, caribou, and reindeer at the university's Large Animal Research Station; and visiting Alaskaland, a frontier theme park.
Fairbanks is a Home Rule City in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska. The city has a population of about 31,000. Fairbanks is the largest city in the Interior region of Alaska, and second largest in the state. The nearby College is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the oldest college in Alaska. Fairbanks is located in the heart of Alaska's Interior, on both shores of the Chena River, near its confluence with the Tanana River in the Tanana Valley. Fairbanks is 45 minutes by air from Anchorage and about 3 hours from Seattle. It lies 358 miles north of Anchorage.