Photo by Gary Minish
If you're visiting Valdez during certain times of the year, you might just hear the locals telling you to "look up!" to see the aurora draped over the local mountain skyline.
It's possible to spot the Northern Lights from Valdez during most of the year, from late summer or early fall through spring, though the darker winter months are best. However, Valdez's coastal location and weather (Valdez is the snowiest town in the United States) make spotting the aurora here less reliable than in other parts of Alaska farther North.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks provides daily statewide online aurora forecasts.
The best areas for spotting the aurora around Valdez are in the areas further out of town, like Robe Lake or in Thompson Pass.
Thompson Pass is a great location to look for the Northern Lights Photo by Mathew Osburn
Aurora Heather Bay in late August Photo from Pangaea Adventures.
Aurora seen over Heather Bay in late August. Photo from Pangaea Adventures.