In the summer there are so many things to see and do, you could take weeks to explore it all. The heart of Fairbanks is gold, and there are lots of tours to educate you on different styles of mining. If black gold interests you, you can drive an easy 10 miles to the nearest pipeline education center.
Day trips from Fairbanks include the nearby towns of Nenana, Healy, and Delta. Each offers a different flavor of Fairbanks. Nenana is 60 miles south of Fairbanks.
Healy is just outside Denali National Park which is the number one attraction for Alaska. In Denali, you can white water raft, hike, camp, and enjoy the spectacular scenery and vast remoteness of the wilderness Alaska has to offer. Delta Junction has been a farming community with bison roaming the windy flat of the Alaska Highway.
In town are numerous hiking and biking trails. Creamer’s Field Wildlife Refuge has the advantage of both wildlife viewing and quaint trails.
The University of Alaska is nearby. See the Museum or Botanical Garden.