A natural light show that rivals any manmade fireworks display, the Northern Lights are a top reason to visit Alaska. Although the colorful light show can be difficult to track down, here’s how to get your chance at seeing the sky glow this winter.
When to Go
You can see the Aurora Borealis in Alaska between September and April, with peak viewing season during the winter months. Bundle up and be prepared to stay up late, as the lights usually glow in the middle of the night when the sky is darkest and the Arctic night is the coldest—typically between midnight and 4am.
Where to Go
Although auroras have been seen all over Alaska, we recommend Fairbanks as the best place to use as a home base. Located in the region known as the "aurora oval," the area around the city (away from the city lights) usually has clear skies, has had the most consistent sightings in the state, and offers a number of Northern Lights tours.
How to Go
There are lots of ways to see this spectacular natural phenomenon. Take part in a Northern Lights photography workshop, search the night sky from the famed Murphy Dome, or make a stop at the Chena Hot Springs before going out with a tour guide for an Aurora viewing.