Fairbanks sits clustered alongside the mirror waters of the Chena River. This remote-feeling city is a superb jumping-off point for exploration, with a vibrant downtown, rich local culture and cuisine, and myriad activities and attractions, from dog mushing and hot springs to panning for gold. Here you can see the aurora borealis spill across the sky and experience the midnight sun. You’re also just a short drive from Denali National Park, where you can spot brown bears and wolves. Alternatively, take a day trip to the Arctic Circle or walk with reindeer, before coming back to the best hotels in town – all bookable with Culture Trip.