Best places to See The Northern Lights in The United States

What Are The Northern Lights?

Also known as aurora borealis, are a natural light display in the Earth’s sky.

When To See The Northern Lights

April, October, and November are the most popular months for northern lights  

The U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) is the best place to find an updated northern lights forecast  

How To Get an Auroral Forecast

Tips for Seeing The Northern Lights

Increase the chances of seeing the northern lights by getting north of the 45th parallel in a dark area, wide open to the north.  

The most common states to see them are Alaska, Minnesota, Michigan, and Maine.

Where To See The Northern Lights in The U.S.

Alaska Northern Lights

Alaska is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights.

Minnesota Northern Lights 

– Voyageurs National Park – Lake of the Wood – Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderne – Gunflint Trail – Hallock

Michigan Northern Lights

– Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City – Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – Keweenaw Peninsula

Maine Northern Lights

– Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge – Moosehead Lake – Baxter State Park – Acadia National Park – Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

– Glacier National Park, Montana – Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota – Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Other spots

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