Best accessible destinations to see the Northern Lights in the United States

Best accessible destinations to see the Northern Lights in the United States

Few natural phenomena are as magical as the Northern Lights. And it is not necessary to travel to Iceland, Norway or Finland to witness this wonderful celestial spectacle.

The best time to see the northern lights is usually from the end of August to the beginning of April, although it is difficult to predict when they will occur. It is speculated that the spring and autumn equinoxes bring increased solar activity, which favors auroral activity.
In this week’s post we talk about the accessibility of some prominent destinations where you can chase the lights in the night sky.

Upper Peninsula of Michigan

The latitude and low light pollution are key to enjoying the northern lights. That’s why Upper Peninsula of Michigan offers the perfect views.
Away from the city, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park allows you to contemplate the darkest and most beautiful of skies. The official website of the park provides some resources to help you look for those auroras, since it is a difficult event to foresee in advance. The page also notes that the Headlands Waterfront Event Center has accessible illuminated sidewalks that span the entirety of the area. The observatory dome has toilets adapted for people with reduced mobility.

Cook County, Minnesota

Cook County is the best place to see the Northern Lights in Minnesota. The shoreline of the lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which has campgrounds and accessible trails, may be an ideal location for the experience.
The Visit Cook County Minnesota website provides quite useful information so you don’t miss the phenomenon. In addition, it shows maps with the recommended routes to go with your car and contemplate the auroras in the State.

Fairbanks, Alaska

Located 320 kilometers away from the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks becomes a perfect canvas where the northern lights are beautifully drawn.
As the official website of the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau indicates, the aurora season is from August 21 to April 21 in this region. However, we recommend that you consult the observation opportunities.
The second largest city in the state of Alaska has a variety of accommodations accessible to people with reduced mobility, such as the Hampton Inn & Suites Fairbanks. Your stay will be comfortable and unforgettable.

Aroostook County, Maine

Aroostook County is located in northern Maine and is known for its optimal conditions for observing the Northern Lights. Many people often see them near Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge (the park allows you to tour by car, but is not open at night) or on Moosehead Lake.

Tell us, have you ever seen the Northern Lights?

Sources: Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Forest Service – U.S. Department of Agriculture,Visit Cook County Minnesota, Explore Fairbanks, Visit the USA, Pure Michigan, Aurora Zone


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