"Alaskans cultivate a strong sense of community, and that neighborly spirit extends to strangers chasing down the [northern] lights," writes Andrea Sachs in a Washington Post article on winter in Alaska published in late March.

Sachs spent nights viewing aurora and days pursuing moose, checking out Alaska's largest winter festival, and riding the Alaska Railroad. She details her time in Anchorage at the Hotel Captain Cook, in Talkeetna, aboard the Aurora Winter Train and in Fairbanks.

Auroras are a popular part of any winter visit to Alaska, and are typically visible from mid-September through April. But don't take our word for it; check out a selection of travelers' latest aurora photos taken in Anchorage.