Can You View the Northern Lights in Oregon? Yes!

When most people think of the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) they think that they need to drive to Alaska to see them so most people spend their entire lives wanting to see this natural phenonium without never getting a chance to do so.

Thankfully, it’s easy to see them in the State of Oregon.

In this article, we will break down how to see the Northern Lights in Oregon and provide tips on how to see this wonder for yourself.

Where to See the Northern Lights in Oregon

Crater Lake is by far one of the best places to see the lights when you’re in Oregon because this destination is far from the city lights and pollution so it’s an ideal location to view the Northern Lights and get some excellent views of the Milky Way.

There is a catch to seeing the Northern Lights at Crater Lake though, you have to monitor the Aurora Borealis online to find out when it’s going to be the strongest, otherwise, you will come home disappointed.

Thankfully, the NOAA Ovation Map makes it possible to see when the Aurora Borealis is going to be the strongest so it’s possible to plan a trip to Crater Lake and spend a beautiful night watching the night sky.

Click here for a link to a great resource for tracking the lights online.

More Places to See the Northern Lights in Oregon

The cool thing about Oregon is that it’s possible to see the lights at many places throughout the year, especially in Portland OR and along the Oregon Coast.

One thing to keep in mind about the though is that it’s not always possible to see them with the naked eye so you should have a telescope and a telephoto lens ready because the right equipment will make your aurora borealis memorable

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