Lonely Planet Names Fairbanks, Alaska Among Their Best Top Ten US Destinations To Visit

    When exploring Alaska you'll find second best US destination to visit is Fairbanks according to Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet, the leading travel guidebook publisher and website, named Fairbanks among their top 10 destinations because of its natural wonder, aurora borealis and the peak of an 11 year solar cycle that results in spectacular northern lights displays.

    “Each year, US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year,” said Robert Reid, Lonely Planet’s US Travel Editor, “Have you seen aurora borealis? The sensation of seeing Arctic skies crackle with smoky blues, greens and reds has long drawn off-season travelers way north.”

    Jerry Cleworth, Fairbanks City Mayor reveals more reasons to visit Fairbanks, “While seeing the northern lights is a good reason to visit Fairbanks, there are many more winter attractions that should rank high on your to-do list. A whole host of other fascinating activities and events are unveiled during the winter months. From dog mushing to ice sculpting, and snow machining to skiing and more!”

    These Annual Events Include:

    February is the time to visit Fairbanks to catch the Annual Yukon Quest. This event is a 1000 mile sled dog endurance race that runs from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Fairbanks. Also taking place then is the International Federation of Sled Dog Sports World Sled Dog Championships.

    Later in March, Ice Alaska presents "Future in Ice," the World Championships, that is a amazing competition of ice carving that features spectacular sculptures made from two ton blocks of ice.

    And, with the longer summer days you'll find more Alaska-sized events like the Midnight Sun Baseball Game, the Fairbanks Midnight Sun Festival, and the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics.

    Also featured on Lonely Planet's Annual Top US Destinations were 1. Louisville, KY, 3. San Juan Islands, WA, 4. Philadelphia, PA, 5. American Samoa, 6. Eastern Sierras, CA, 7. Northern Maine, ME, 8. Twin Cities, MN, 9. Verde Valley, AZ, and 10. Glacier National Park, MT.

    By Leroy Worley

    Getting There:

    To explore local events, attractions and activities to experience in Fairbanks visit the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.explorefairbanks.com.

    To explore more of Lonely Planet's Annual Top US Destinations visit www.lonelyplanet.com.