Anchorage to Fairbanks costs around $244 in Adventure class or $441 in Goldstar class.
Anchorage is relatively less dark and cold, and you can drive down to Kenai and Homer or up to Fairbanks , and spots in between. Fairbanks area has better hunting opportunities IMO. You’ll see way better auroras in Fairbanks . There is a ton of day trips to the kenai peninsula from anchorage .
Unless you’re heading north of Fairbanks on the Dalton Hiway, there’s absolutely no reason to go there other than to say you’ve been there. The Alaskaland Park and the city center are nice, but, very simply, not worth the effort to go there. The Univ of Alaska museum in Fairbanks is excellent but not worth the trip.
|Route||Adventure Class Adult/Child (2-11) (VALUE PRICING)||GoldStar Service Adult/Child (2-11) (VALUE PRICING)|
|Anchorage/Wasilla to Talkeetna||$88/44||$208/116 (B)|
|Anchorage/Wasilla to Denali||$141/71||$281 /162 (B) (L)|
|Anchorage/Wasilla to Fairbanks||$201/101||$397/235 (B) (L) (D)|
|Talkeetna to Anchorage||$88/44||$222 /129 (D)|
Denali has a large selection of HOTELS, LODGES and CABIN options both within and just outside the park entrance. If you want to stay inside the park your options are Kantishna Roadhouse, Camp Denali , and Northface Lodge. All these lodges are great for direct access to Denali National Park sights and places of interest.
Best Time to See the Northern Lights in Alaska Alaska’s northern lights season is between mid – September and late April , peaking in March , though it’s a season defined more by its long, dark nights than by solar activity.
Anchorage is the best base from which to chase aurora. Many of the prime locations are easily accessed from the city. The shimmering aurora are seen swirling in Anchorage’s skies from the middle of August through April.
Denali is definately worth it. Spend some time and get off the bus and do some hiking in Denali . Also, if you can afford it – try to go on a Mt. McKinley flight tour with a company like Talkeetna Air Taxi, or someone else.
Anchorage will be a cheaper flight but from Fairbanks it’s a bit shorter and more scenic trip to Denali (unless Mt. McKinley is visible, but it isn’t usually).
With Anchorage you get more of your stereotypical Alaska but its also a bigger city so if you need to get back onto the grid you can do so with a 30min drive. Juneau is more like a rainforest, it rains a lot and I mean a lot there. It’s a smaller city so you definitely get that small town vibe which is nice.
That’s true, Fairbanks is MUCH colder than Anchorage in Winter — conversely Fairbanks is warmer in Summer than Anchorage . Fairbanks is located deep in the interior of Alaska where temperatures are not affected by ocean temperatures therefore Fairbanks is MUCH colder in Winter and warmer in Summer.
20 Things Everyone In Alaska Should Avoid At All Costs Farmed seafood. Flickr – Judi Knight. Or buying fish in general. Flickr – Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Even feeding your dogs farmed fish. Eating hot dogs. Camping without a view. Snacking on chips from the lower 48. Shopping at big corporate box stores. Drinking wine that isn’t from Alaska .
Along the way, the train stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna, and provides flagstop service along the 50-mile stretch of roadless backcountry south of Hurricane Gulch. Between Anchorage and Fairbanks , the Railroad offers a number of rail-fly packages; take the train one direction and a flight the other.
Fairbanks is Alaska’s 3rd safest city. With a population of about 31K, Fairbanks is around the same size as #2 Juneau, yet earned both a lower property crime rate and violent crime rate than the preceding city. However, Fairbank’s low law enforcement-to-residents ratio of 1.36 per 1,000 drops it down to the 3rd spot.