Where to go from Anchorage

For the Anchorage city areas, you can head to the favorite spots of Flattop and the Glenn Alps parking area. It overlooks the city and you can see the aurora above the city lights. Another good place is Earthquake park and Point Woronzof. With the lights of the city toward the east, you can see the lights looking north. Abbott Loop Community Park is open with less light pollution. From downtown, the Captain Cook monument facing the water, Ship Creek area, and down by the water facing north (Do not walk on the beach! it is mud and can suck you in), coastal trails. If the aurora is higher in the sky, the Potter’s Marsh area is good, as well as Beluga Point and Portage Valley. There are many areas in Anchorage with few or no streetlights. The aurora can be seen from anywhere in the city when the lights are overhead. The areas mentioned are good if the sky near your house or hotel is not dark enough. Sometimes during big events, downtown Anchorage can see the aurora just fine!

JBER, head toward the back of the base, Otter Lake, 6 Mile, or at the very least away from streetlights and security lights. Watch for security and respect the rules if that particular area is closed at night.

Mt Baldy, Skyline Dr and Hiland Dr overlooks Eagle River. This area can get very icy in the winter so be prepared. This is a very popular spot and can get crowded during an expected aurora display. Use courtesy and TURN OFF YOUR LIGHTS when you are parked. This includes lights inside your car. Beach Lake in Birchwood and almost the entire area of Birchwood.

Hatcher Pass is a great place to catch the lights as it is far from city lights and has select views toward the north. The upper and lower parking lots within Hatcher Pass Independence mine parking lot and area,

Wasilla and Palmer
Trunk Road has little to no light pollution and is a great place to go if you cannot go far. Clark-Wolverine Road in Palmer. Bald Mountain.

The Knik River area is popular and wide open. Knik River Bridge area. 61°30’15.2″N 149°02’02.0″W Swimming Hole: From the Old Glenn Hwy, head to the Knik River Bridge. Turn on Knik River Rd and drive 1.6 miles. This entire area is great for aurora watching.

Anchorage sky line as seen from Earthquake Park

Anchorage sky line as seen from Earthquake Park. Photo Amy Stratman

Point Woronzof near the ANC airport is a great location to view the lights, but the police may ask you to move on.

Point Woronzof near the ANC airport is a great location to view the lights, but the police may ask you to move on. Photo Amy Stratman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parking area at Mt Baldy in Eagle River is a great spot to catch the lights. Photo courtesy Roberto Quaintance

The parking area at Mt Baldy in Eagle River is a great spot to catch the lights. Photo courtesy Roberto Quaintance

Parking area at Mt Baldy

Parking area at Mt Baldy. Photo courtesy
Mim Schoeppler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aurora as seen from Mt Baldy, Eagle River, AK

Aurora as seen from Mt Baldy, Eagle River, AK. Photo courtesy Mim Schoeppler

Eagle River, AK facing Denali. Photo courtesy Mim Schoeppler

Eagle River, AK facing Denali. Photo courtesy Mim Schoeppler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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