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The Interior Travel Guide

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Fairbanks

At first glance Fairbanks appears to be little more than a sprawling conglomeration of strip malls, chain stores, and other evidence of suburbia (or, as a local writer once put it, "su-brrr-bia"). But look beyond the obvious in the Interior's biggest town and you'll discover why thousands insist that this is the best place to live in Alaska.

The hardy Alaskans who refuse to leave

during the cold and dark winters share a strong camaraderie. To live here, you really have to want to live here, which gives the whole city a relaxed, happy vibe. The fight to stave off cabin fever leads to creative festivals, from winter solstice celebrations to midnight baseball in summer. And isn't there something marvelous about people who, if their car breaks down and it's cold enough to freeze the tires and make them explode, know what to do? It takes a special kind of confidence to live here, and that adds to the town’s attractions.

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