Lonely Planet makes Fairbanks a top pick

Fairbanks Aurora

The aurora in Fairbanks, March 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant)

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Fairbanks was surpassed on Lonely Planet’s list by just one other travel destinations – Louisville, Ky.

Washington’s San Juan Islands came in third.

Lonely Planet posted its “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013″ on Wednesday. U.S. travel editor Robert Reid says the 2013 list was compiled with a goal of steering people toward under-appreciated destinations.

Lonely Planet says the big draw in Fairbanks next year will be the Northern Lights, which should be particularly active next year and a hit with aurora-seeking tourists.

The complete list is available here.