Hunt for the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska
An ideal combination of short days, long nights, dark skies, and weather that’s not quite as bone-numbingly frigid as the dead of winter makes November an ideal time to visit northern Alaska in search of the aurora borealis (northern lights). Fly in to Fairbanks for your best shot at seeing them, as the city is serendipitously located within the ring-shaped region around the North Pole called the auroral oval where these mysterious yellow-green lights are most visible. Far from the coast, it also has less cloud cover and more clear nights than Alaska’s other major hubs. Take an overnight sled dog trip, a late-night snow-cat tour, or kick back in the comfort of a heated “aurorium” cabin, and be prepared for prime viewing hours that start at 11:30 p.m. and don’t end until 3:30 a.m.