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Best places to see the northern lights

Oct. 16, 2012, 5:54 p.m.
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Northwest Territories

Some people on the Canadian side of the border head to the Yukon, just east of Alaska, to see the northern lights. Canada's Northwest Territories, however, offer equally perfect viewing conditions. The city of Yellowknife is a popular destination for aurora-borealis tourists.

Like Fairbanks, Yellowknife has a good infrastructure for tourism. Tours leave the city for the surrounding rural wilderness, where the lights are more visible. Lodges in these outlying areas are kept open during the winter specifically to provide accommodations for those viewing the northern lights. Tour companies also offer a variety of other options, including nighttime sightseeing rides in sleighs or on dog sleds.