Fairbanks, Alaska—named for former Indiana Sen. Charles Fairbanks—is truly a frontier. The gateway to the Arctic is spread out on a seemingly endless plain in the Tanana Valley, with only a few downtown high-rises and plenty of log cabins dotting the residential districts.
Fairbanks, 125 mi/200 km south of the Arctic Circle and the northernmost U.S. city (as well as Alaska's second largest), is a hub for interior Alaska's commerce, education, arts, and, more recently, tourism, even in winter. It makes up for the dark winter months, though, by almost constant daylight in summer.
Residents cheerfully joke about their weather and field their visitors' endless questions about daylight, or lack of it. The Fairbanks nickname of Golden Heart City, because of its gold-rush history, could just as easily apply to its residents. In fact, visitors can be matched for free to a "Golden Heart Greeter," local residents who will meet with you for an hour or two in an agreed-upon location.
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