Photograph the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska



1 miles

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Added by Nate Luebbe

Perfectly situated within the aurora-circle, and easily accessible from anywhere in the US, Fairbanks is the absolute perfect place to chase the northern lights.

As close to magic as you'll ever see on this Earth, the northern lights, or aurora borealis, are an absolute must-see for any nature enthusiast. 

The aurora borealis are visible in Fairbanks from August through April, meaning there's an astounding nine months of aurora viewing! Of course, the aurora are only visible when it's dark out, so the between September and March will offer the most opportunities. 

Of course, the other ingredient for an incredible display of northern lights is clear skies. Thankfully, due to Fairbanks' inland location, clear skies during the winter are extremely common.  The general rule of thumb is that only 4 days in Fairbanks is all it takes to more or less guarantee a night of aurora!

Starting at about 9 or 10pm, drive out of the city a bit to reduce light pollution. I suggest heading towards Chena Hot Springs so you can warm up with a quick soak or a drink after a night out under the stars. 

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