5 best places to see the Northern Lights in America
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There’s so much to explore in the sweet US of A, it’s no wonder many Americas don’t ever vacation abroad.

If you find time in between walking the Grand Canyon and tearing up the jazz-filled streets of New Orleans, you gotta get yourself to one of these spots to watch the Northern Lights.

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Here are the five best places for seeing the colorful light show in America, according to visittheusa.com.

Denali National Park in Alaska

This isn’t just another national park. This is 2.5 million hectares of untouched nature.

It’s very popular with campers and hikers. So while the campsites might be crowded, a lack of light pollution means the sky definitely isn’t.

The national park has been named one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights

Cook County, Minnesota

Bonus: This place is home to Minnesota’s tallest mountain range, as well as the highest waterfall, creatively named High Falls.

Oberg Mountain in the Superior National Forest is the most popular area to catch a glimpse of the light show.

Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in Maine

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Just be careful of the moose and black bears (though I’d take my chances for a good view of the Northern Lights).

Sightings are possible in the spring and fall, when magnetic storm activity is strongest.

Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Idaho

The area is around 80 kilometers south of the Canadian border and 150 kilometers northeast of Spokane, Washington.

Hint: If you can find your way to Priest Lake during a show, the lights usually bounce off the water.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Nuff said.

What are the Northern Lights?

It’s the result of electrons colliding with the Earth’s atmosphere.

These electrons get energized as they follow the Earth’s magnetic field to the Polar regions where they collide with oxygen and nitrogen molecules and atoms.

The electrons’s energy is transferred in this collision, and the awesome lights we see are formed when the molecules and atoms relax and release this energy.