The northern lights add vibrant color to winter nights near Anchorage

Northern Lights Viewing

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Best Aurora Views Near Anchorage

Weather conditions and man-made light greatly influence the ability to see auroras, so it’s best to be in a location known for clear, dark skies. Fortunately, one doesn’t have to travel far from downtown Anchorage to find prime aurora viewing locales. Going with an expert can help increase your odds as well. Below are just a few prime aurora viewing spots and guides focused on northern lights in the winter:

Alaska aurora forecasts are available from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.

Summer Aurora Views

Even though the summer evening skies are too bright, visitors still find a way to enjoy the full splendor of Alaska’s northern lights. Projected in high definition, “AurorA, Alaska's Great Northern Lights” is a stunning digital presentation by Aurora photographer Dave Parkhurst, set to original music and shown daily in summer at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.