Best Places to See the Northern Lights in the United States

The Northern Lights are an amazing and beautiful display of nature. They should be seen to be believed! And if you get far enough north in the United States and you’re lucky, then you might just be able to see the Aurora Borealis.

One day, I may be lucky enough to see them in person. If you have seen them, I’m certain you’re the better for having done so. If you haven’t yet, perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to do so someday. Either way, these pictures are fascinating to look at.

From the Autumnal Equinox to early spring is of course your best season to see them. Without further ado, here’s my list of the best places to see the Northern Lights in the United States.

If you live near any of our northern states then maybe a road trip might get you the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.

1) Skagway, Alaska, USA

I love the idea of Skagway, Alaska, an old mining town that is now filled with gorgeous buildings and hipsters.  That downtown Skagway street looks insane.

But photographer, Nicole Goodman captured this gorgeous moment.

2) Vista House in Oregon, USA

Vista House is a museum, a resting place for travelers, and a memorial to Oregon pioneers, located on the Historic Columbia River Highway in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Captured by photographer Heather and featured by nwaperture on Instagram.

3) Northern Minnesota, USA

Who would’ve thought that you could see the Northern Lights from Minnesota, but here we are. Just drive to Minnesota and drive north and then further north.


4) Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska and the largest and coldest city in the Interior region of the state. It lies about 140 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

Look at this great shot captured by Brian Huff while on a  Northern Lights adventure with Gondwana Ecotours.

5) Mackinac Bridge – Michigan, USA

This beautiful suspension bridge spans the Straights of Mackinac connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

What a beautiful moment in time captured by photographer MaryBeth Kiczenski.

Check out our list of the best places to see the Northern Lights in Canada.