Kirsten Swann

Can you see the northern lights from Anchorage?

Yes, you can see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, from Anchorage - but not in the summer. The aurora actually occurs all year long, but the sky needs to be clear and dark to see it. Views are best from September to April. Winter is the prime viewing time. If you're staying in a hotel, ask them if they have a "northern lights wake-up call." If you're visiting in summer, several local attractions offer films on the aurora.

About Anchorage

Urban and wild aren’t opposites; they are Anchorage’s two defining elements. There’s no need to choose one or the other since they are both part of life here. Anchorage lives under...