LIGHT SHOW: PLACES TO SEE THE MIDNIGHT SUN AND THE AURORA BOREALIS :FAIRBANKS, ALASKA
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  This Alaskan town greets the summer solstice with its annual Midnight Sun Festival in June, when revelers hit the streets for food, live music, and dancing from noon to midnight. For the remainder of the summer, for an unobstructed view of the sky, drive 25-miles the Eagle Summit gap in the White Mountains. Or, take advantage of the all-night light at the Fairbanks Golf & Country Club.
 
Northern Lights start to appear in August, with prime viewing time between September and April. Set away from the city lights, the Chena Hot Springs Resort is an ideal spot for aurora seekers to stay. The resort runs a nightly viewing tour at 10pm to a nearby mountain ridge (they’ll hand around hot chocolate and cider to keep you warm). Pass the time until your tour with a cocktail and a game of ice-carved chess at their Ice Museum bar. Or, just climb into bed and wait for the property’s “aurora wake-up calls” should lights appear in the sky. Weather enthusiasts can also check the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute website for the evening’s aurora forecast.
 
July 2013