We're visiting Fairbanks in mid-March and really like to visit Chena Hot Springs for the northern lights, the hot springs and the ice museum. But the resort is fully-booked. Is it recommended to drive back to town after viewing the northern lights (past 2am)? Or is there other lodging available in the nearby area?
Also, for northern light viewing, is it recommended to stay in the city and drive out in the evening, or just stay in a B&B in the more rural area (chance seeing the aurora being top priority, and reasonable price/comfort being second)?
Thank you =)