Essential No. 4: Aurora Borealis
The planet’s best light show is in Fairbanks, Alaska
Think of it as the ultimate holiday lights display―a spectacle so soul stirring that “people see the lights and start cheering,” says Karen Lundquist of the Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The celestial shimmers of the aurora borealis―aka the northern lights―have turned Fairbanks into the prized 21st-century winter destination, drawing jumbo jet–loads of aurora-fanatic Japanese and an increasing number of Americans and Europeans. Why Fairbanks? It has the requisite northern latitude plus long, mostly clear winter nights.
And it has a growing northern lights infrastructure, with aurora package tours, aurora-oriented resorts―even hotels that make aurora wake-up calls so guests can rush outside to see a sight they’ll never forget.
Seeing the light
Visit explorefairbanks.com for information about northern lights viewing in Fairbanks.
In the blogs
Read more about aurora-viewing in Fairbanks.
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