Fairbanks, Alaska

One of the top spots to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

about the city and the northern lights

Fairbanks lies directly beneath a band of aurora activity. From August to May, the town regularly experiences a celestial display of green, yellow, and purple. The phenomenon is most frequently seen between 10pm and 3am. On a good night, almost any relatively moonless and cloudless night between late August and April is good for viewing the light show—the aurora appears fleetingly and coquettishly along the horizon with the first of the evening stars. Consider a visit to the Creamers Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and the Chena Hot Springs.

  • Land Manager: City of Fairbanks
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Fairbanks City Map
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