Our 5 day trip to Fairbanks in search of the Aurora allowed us one night at the Chandalar Ranch. We were picked up at our hotel and driven 20 miles out of town to our viewing site. The building appears to be a home that the back area has been arranged to provide for guests to come and see the lights. The bottom floor has restrooms, showers and even some guest rooms for those who want to stay overnight. The upper floor houses a large meeting room with couches around the perimeter and seating in rows if they have a larger turnout. At the end of the room is a large screen TV where videos about the Aurora and Alaska can be viewed. A second story covered deck/porch leads to an open deck that gives unobstructed view of the sky. It is also possible to take your tripod out into the backyard on the ground floor if you prefer. There are coffee, tea, cocoa and snacks provided in the meeting room.
Our success was mixed as the clouds played hide and seek with the stars most of the evening, but we did get some basic green Aurora and a few decent photos. Overall positive experience was had and would recommend it. Hope you have a bit more luck with the Aurora.
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