The Golden Heart city
The main city in this location is Fairbanks, the 'Golden Heart' city that is second in size only to Anchorage. The city forms the main trade and transportation centre for the Interior and Far North regions and dates back to the time of the Gold Rush when an Italian prospector named Felix Pedro struck gold 12 miles to the north of the city. The city population contracted rapidly after the gold rush began to diminish, but has seen growth in recent years after the construction of the Alaska Railroad, Alaska Highway and the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Fairbanks is the ideal base for enjoying an array of varied activities, from shopping and exploring art galleries, to golfing, fishing and snowmobiling. Furthermore, from Fairbanks, you can take part in many small plane excursions into the Arctic Circle and Alaska's Far North region.