Northern Lights Viewing Tips
Independent travel tips for the professional at Leisure
Fairbanks Alaska is one of the best spots to view the
northern lights, a safe place in the USA, close to all modern conveniences.
The best time to view the northern lights is December
through March, and Fairbanks sits along a ring-shaped region known as the
Auroral Oval that marks an ideal viewing zone. The best viewing hours for the
northern lights are from late evening to early morning.
February and March are favorite months for viewing the
northern lights in Fairbanks, with an aurora visible nine out of 10 clear
nights, and the northern lights are active on four of every ten nights.
As for the best place around Fairbanks to view the aurora,
"taking the Parks Highway towards Anchorage and pulling just off the road on to
a spur road that leads to the town of Ester (5 minutes outside of western
Fairbanks). One can continue driving for another 10 miles on the Parks Highway
where there are several parking overlook pullouts which offer excellent views to
the north and south. The road is usually maintained and the drive shouldn't be
Fairbanks has three Chena River establishments: Pike's
Landing, Chena's Fine Dining & Deck at the River's Edge Resort, and the Chena
Other Fairbanks winter activities
Plus, there are plenty of fun
winter activities in Fairbanks.
This link shows a
map of the Aurora Borealis
and the current position of the northern lights.
List of unconfirmed pet friendly Fairbanks hotels:
Best Western Fairbanks Inn -1521 S Cushman Street Fairbanks
Comfort Inn -1908 Chena Landings Loop Fairbanks
Golden North Motel -4888 Old Airport Way Fairbanks
Regency Fairbanks Hotel -95 10th Avenue Fairbanks
Super 8 Fairbanks -1909 Airport Way Fairbanks
- A pet friendly B&B - 907-457-5494
Lodge - They love dogs.
The Hotel Alyeska - The Alyeska is a wonderful
resort. Set in the pristine wilderness off of the Turnagain sound, just 40
miles south of Anchorage
Chena Hot Springs Resort, - This one is very remote, almost 60 miles
north of Fairbanks, and has a natural hot spring, but they are not pet