Me + friend planning a trip to Alaska in January 2020 during the first long weekend. Any recommendations? Current plan is to just go to Fairbanks and watch the Aurora and maybe do some winter activities then come back. Is that a good plan considering will be there Friday to Monday only?
Was also thinking flying in to Anchorage and driving to Fairbanks, but then will have to come back to Anchorage somehow within that short span.
Main objective is to watch the Aurora.
You are going to freeze your asses off. If you don’t mind being a bit cold, do it. It’s a cool city, and doesn’t have the garbage that anchorage does.
Driving to Fairbanks from Anchorage in January is dangerous, especially if you don’t have experience driving on ice and in blizzards. Temperature + ghost towns almost the whole way makes it dangerous.
Alaska Airlines has a flight that goes from Seattle to Fairbanks. I’d do that.