How To See the Northern Lights
The SWPC's 3-Day Forecast has the alert running from 5-11pm EST on February 27. It will be too bright at the start of the window for you to get a glimpse of the show. However, once the sun has fully set, you could have a great opportunity to see the display up until the end of that time frame as things currently stand. (That means the further west you travel, the smaller your opening will be.)
To get a view of the bucket list spectacle, you need to get away from the light pollution of any urban center. An SWPC representative previously told Thrillist, "You need very clear skies, a good view of the northern horizon (no trees, buildings, or hills), and it needs to be dark." The view is necessary because, outside of far-north regions, the lights will largely appear on the northern horizon rather than directly overhead.
It's the middle of winter, so you'll have to do your best not to turn into Bumble amid record snowfall through much of the zone highlighted in the map above. Nonetheless, it's useful to be outside for a while (or as long as you can stand it). Your eyes need time to adjust to the darkness to get the best view of the night sky.
If you read here with any frequency, you know the northern lights appear across the northern part of the country from time to time. However, getting the circumstances just right isn't all that common. (Not to mention that we are currently near solar minimum in the solar cycle, which makes it less likely to be treated to sightings like this.) To get the perfect combination of cooperative space weather and clear skies is as good a reason as any to get outside and enjoy the crackling beauty of the northern lights.