Traveling to New Hampshire means experiencing the Northern climate on a regular basis. This climate brings about rough winters and chilly water by the coast, even in the hit of a warm summer. However, this climate also has some amazing benefits, such as marveling at the polar lights if you’re in the right place at the right time.
Best time to see Northern Lights
Weather is an obvious factor. The northern lights are easier to see during clear skies and in the presence of cold crisp air. Yes, this means that the chances of catching them are higher in winter, but certainly not impossible during the warmer months. As a matter of fact, most of the photos on this page were taken during spring or fall.
Best places to view northern lights
Being a place with zero light pollution, Mount Washington is considered to be the best place to witness the northern lights in New Hampshire. Its summit offers an amazing view, along with almost complete darkness. Under suitable conditions, after the sun sets, you'll be able to see faint signs of light dancing in the sky, intensifying to clear greens and blues and sometimes even pinks and purples. The lights display continues until the sun comes up, making this experience feel just like a dream. Forecasts are always there for you to see where and when the polar lights are most visible.
You can also visit Moore Dam or Lake Winnipesaukee to admire aurora borealis at its best.