In March 2016 I made a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. Why you might wonder? Well Fairbanks and the surrounding region provide the best opportunity to view the northern lights in the United States. If you stay in Fairbanks for at least 3 days between September and March, the odds are 80%. I decided to go in March because it is the warmest month that the northern lights are visible. It was still 14 degrees outside but on the plus side there was no wind which made a noticeable difference. When I wasn't searching for the northern lights or staying warm inside, I explored some of the sights in and around town. Below are the highlights from my visit.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park, located 2 hours from Fairbanks, protects over 6 million acres of Alaskan wilderness. The centerpiece of the park is the mountain of the same name (previously known as Mount McKinley), which is the tallest mountain in North America. Unfortunately for me the park was covered in fog so I was unable to see much. On a plus, the scenery on the drive down was breathtaking.