Are you an adventure lover and want to escape to a place where you can enjoy a captivating sight? If yes, you have reached the right place. Though going out is not advisable right now keeping the number of COVID-19 cases in mind, venturing out keeping safety measures in mind can be a good idea. Also Read - Antarctica Gets Its First Ever Case of Coronavirus, Travel Restrictions to be Out Soon!
If the pandemic stress is taking a toll on your health and all you want is to be amidst nature and explore it, you should know about a few places where you can easily witness the enthralling natural phenomenon that can leave you awestruck. Also Read - Nagpur Man With UK Travel History Who Tested COVID Positive May Carry Mutant Virus
There are various destinations in the US where Aurora Borealis occurs. It is a naturally occurring dance of lights in the sky which happens when solar particles collide with atmospheric gases to produce a neon light. Are you up for aurora-watching? Read further then.
Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska is a perfect spot for those interested in camping and hiking. Also, you can view a captivating sight of the northern lights here. Denali National Park and Preserve’s wide-open spaces, beautiful mountain vistas and abundant wildlife make the park a favorite destination for nature lovers. There is much to see and do in the first national park, established in 1917 as Mount McKinley National Park and renamed Denali National Park in 1980 as it tripled in size.
Alaska’s second largest city, Fairbanks, a 2-hour drive from the park, also sees some amazing light shows, thanks to its location in the auroral oval, an area around the North Pole. Its distance from the lit city life, in turn higher probability of dark skies, further strengthens the display
Your chances of viewing the dancing auroras is quite a lot at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Its total area is an impressive 2.5 million acres making it famous for activities like skiing, hunting, and snowmobiling in winters, as well as popular peak season activities including wildlife watching, hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming.
A popular vacation spot all year round for its many recreational opportunities, Priest Lake in northern Idaho, also has the perfect conditions for spotting the Northern Lights. Light chasers and photographers each year flock to the lake during winters to take a snapshot of the auroras, often reflected in the water’s still surface.
The sparsely populated Aroostook County, which is located on the U.S-Canadian border, makes for a perfect spot for sky watching in Maine. Although the northern lights are more common near the Arctic, this county is far enough north for the aurora borealis to make an appearance. There’s little to no light pollution near the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, thus, ensuring that you have an incredible light show. The refuge includes more than 2,100 hectares of wetlands, forest and grasslands home to wildlife such as black bears and moose. Reserve a spot in one of the county’s many campgrounds to experience the wilderness of Maine.
The night sky is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as almost the entire 51,000 square miles offers front row seats to some of the most stellar shows on earth. Thanks to the prime geographic location and relatively low light pollution, the Upper Peninsula provides some of the best northern lights viewing opportunities in the state. Favourite destinations include Whitefish Point or Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Brockway Mountain in Copper Harbor and Isle Royale National Park accessible from Houghton or Copper Harbor. In the Upper Peninsula, you are more likely to see the Northern Lights between August and April, with the peak months being April, October, and November.
There are plenty of locations to see the Northern Lights in Minnesota. Located on the northeastern tip of the state, along the shores of Lake Superior, Cook County is an especially great spot from which to view the aurora. In Grand Portage, the northern lights can be spotted dancing above High Falls, the tallest waterfall in the state of Minnesota. Oberg Mountain in the Superior National Forest is another place to capture the stunning views of the aurora. Stargazers are in for a treat here as Superior’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is world-recognised for its starry night sky.
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