You may have come across captivating photographs of the aurora borealis in magazines, news articles, and social media posts. But, would you like to catch a glimpse of these enchanting displays for yourself? If you’re wondering where you can see the Northern Lights in the USA, the answer is Alaska. Not only does our state provide views of this bucket-list worthy occurrence, but our sprawling landscapes and breathtaking mountain ranges also offer unparalleled backdrops for the experience. Find out everything you need to know before your trip and don’t forget to explore our free Vacation Guide to make the most of your time here!
Everything You Need to Know About Seeing the Northern Lights in the USA
What Are the Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights are known for emitting spectacular, rippling lights throughout the evening sky. But, what exactly causes them? Also known as the “aurora borealis,” this occurrence has been the subject of myths, legends, and stories dating back to ancient Rome and beyond.
Today, scientists understand that the source of these lights actually comes from the sun. When the sun emits electrically charged gas particles through the solar system, they eventually reach earth and gather around the magnetic poles. As these particles interact with our atmosphere, we get the enchanting display referred to as the Northern Lights.
When Can I See Them?
Although people have reported sightings year-round, the optimal time to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights is during the colder months. Any time from September to April is ideal. Of course, night time is preferable once the sun sets and the dark skies provide a blank canvas for the Lights to come alive. While you’re not always guaranteed to see it, you can take a look at the Aurora Forecast to maximize your chances.
Local tip: If you’re out and about aurora hunting, make sure you dress warmly since colder evenings are often the best times to see them.
Where Can I Get the Best Views?
It might not come as a surprise that northern regions often provide the best views for the “Northern” Lights. That’s what makes Alaska such an incredible location for crossing this experience off your bucket list. With little light pollution and long nights, Southcentral Alaska offers numerous opportunities. Make plans to check out either Denali National Park or Hatcher Pass if you’d like to capture photographs with stunning backdrops!
Stay at Alaska Garden Gate For a Chance to See the Northern Lights!
If you’d like to get a look at the Northern Lights for yourself, we invite you to stay at Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages! Our beautiful property is nestled in the Mat-Su Valley with plenty of excellent viewing spots nearby.
Consider our two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottages for top-notch lodging in Palmer, Alaska. Five people can sleep comfortably inside, making it ideal for families and groups looking to experience the wonder of the Last Frontier. In addition to the luxurious beds, full kitchen, and cozy living area with a fireplace, you can enjoy delicious breakfasts each morning.
Explore all of our wonderful accommodations, book your stay, and get one step closer to an unforgettable trip to Alaska! You can even take advantage of our Northern Lights Special for 20% off your stay!