It is not quite dark for 24 hours in winter and light for 24 hours in summer. The shortest day of the year, winter solstice, has about 3.5 hours of daylight.
By car or bus on the Richardson Highway, George Parks Highway, Steese Highway, or Elliott Highway, which converge at the city of Fairbanks.
On the Alaska Railroad.
By Air into Fairbanks International Airport.
Paved roads connect the locations in the North Star Borough. Always travel with an emergency kit. Be cautious of moose on the road, especially in the dark winter months.
- Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
- Georgeson Botanical Garden
- Pioneer Park
- University of Alaska Museum of the North
Birch Hill Recreation Area is a Nordic skiing complex with 32 km of groomed trails.
Chena Lake Recreation Area has 2,100 acres. On the lake visitors can boat, fish and swim. On land activities include volleyball, horseshoes, and a playground.
Some cafes feature entrees cooked with reindeer or other local food. There are also several choices for ethnic cuisine.
The area has 2 microbreweries, HooDoo Brewery and Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling.