While Alaska is the best place to go in the U.S. if you hope to catch the northern lights, did you know that they can sometimes be seen right in Seattle?
Of course, you’ll have to have some luck on your side as those frequent cloudy skies combined with light pollution make it tough, but they have been appearing more often in recent years. And, as the sun enters an active cycle, if the magnetic field is active enough and skies are clear, your chances of spotting the colorful lights locally are higher than usual.
If you can, try to venture out of the city, away from all the light pollution. The Tiger Mountain North trailhead in Issaquah just off Interstate 90 is a good place to go, as are most mountain peaks where you can get a clear view to the northern horizon, like Table Mountain in the North Cascades near Mount Baker.
K.C. Dermody is the author of hundreds of travel articles both online and in print as well as the author of the “Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland.” She has traveled throughout the world and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others, but always appreciates coming home to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.