How to See the Northern Lights in the United States

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Northern Lights viewing opportunities are about to explode as we approach another solar maximum period in 2025, leaving many wondering where to see the northern lights. 

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The U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) is the best place to find the most up-to-date northern lights forecast.

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Alaska has the greatest potential of all the states for northern light activity due to its proximity to the Arctic Circle.  For locations, click Learn More Below!

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Alaska Northern Lights

Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, is another place with great potential for seeing northern lights. For locations, click Learn More Below!

Minnesota Northern Lights

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Michigan’s shorelines are a great place to see the aurora borealis. The Upper Peninsula is particularly prone to stunning displays. For locations, click Learn More Below!

Michigan Northern Lights

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On the East Coast, Maine is the ideal place to catch a glimpse of the northern lights.  For locations, click Learn More Below!

Maine Northern Lights

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For Additional U.S. Locations for Aurora Viewing, Click Learn More Below!

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