When to visit Alaska

Q: We were planning to come in March but everything I see online talks about the summer months. What time of the year is the best time to come?

A: The most popular time of year to come to Alaska is during the summer travel season from mid May to mid September. We specialize in summer travel to Alaska. Check out our blog on what each month has to offer.

For winter travel information check with the Anchorage and Fairbanks visitors sites and the Northern Alaska tour company website.

When to Visit Alaska

Q: What are the pros and cons for visiting in either May or mid August/September?

A: Deciding when to visit Alaska is challenging as each season offers something a little different and weather is difficult to predict. Read our blog on the “best months to visit Alaska” to find the pros and cons of each month.

Aurora Borealis Alaska

Q: When is the best time to see the aurora borealis?

A: The best time to view the aurora borealis (also known as the northern lights) is during the winter months in Fairbanks, Alaska. However, if you want to see the wildlife in Denali National Park and the glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park in addition to the aurora borealis then I would recommend visiting Alaska in early to mid-September. We offer a tour to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks that would offer you the best opportunity to see the northern lights.

Alaska Weather in August

Q: We are trying to plan a trip to Alaska and are wondering what weather to expect at the end of August?

A: It is hard to say what the weather will be like for any month in Alaska. Historically, August tends to be a bit rainy, however in some locations temperatures can be in the high 70s. It is safe to always be prepared and bring a rain jacket and clothes to dress in layers. Please visit our blog on best months to travel to Alaska for more information on what to expect on your trip!

Best Time to Come to Alaska

Q: When is the best season to come to Alaska, and why?

A: This is a fairly regularly asked question so we’ve put together a blog that should give you some insight.

Alaska Packing List

Q: What clothing should I bring for July?

A: I would recommend comfortable, casual things you can layer according to the weather. Bring along jeans, slacks, sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts (short and long sleeve), and comfortable walking shoes. A light waterproof jacket is a must! You may also want to pack a pair of shorts as the weather in interior Alaska can get warm in July.

Best Time to Visit Alaska

Q: What is the best month to visit Alaska?

A: Alaska is a great place to visit anytime of the year. The “best” month to visit really depends on what you want to do in Alaska. The summer tourism season is mid-May to mid-September, with the peak season from June 15th to August 15th.

May is a great value time to visit Alaska – the weather is warming up, the trees are blooming and the grass gets greener every day. May tends to be a drier month than later in the summer. Alaska tends to get more rain as the summer goes on. Tours throughout Alaska begin operating around May 15th. Due to the early season, many tours and hotels offer discounted prices. The time periods prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day are considered the “shoulder” season which translates to less crowds and more opportunities for discounts.

Peak season offers the widest variety of tours, the best weather and the best wildlife viewing opportunities. June offers the most hours of daylight and historically is the driest summer month. The flowers around town are in bloom and the tourist season is in full swing. Many believe that June is the best month to see Alaska.

July is peak tourist season in Alaska and is the warmest month of the year. Peak season means largers crowds on tour buses and day cruises. If you are planning to visit Alaska in July, we recommend booking your vacation in January for best availability. August may be a little rainier but it is generally warmer than June and the bugs have decreased. The crowds begin to diminish as the summer comes to an end. We also see less daylight in August but unless you have seen Alaska in June you probably won’t notice!

September brings cooler temperatures and darker nights. The cooler temperatures bring beautiful colors to the trees and tundra and the darker nights offer the opportunity to view the Northern Lights. The tourism season is winding down so you will find fewer crowds and lower prices. There will be some tours that stop operating in early September but most tours continue until mid-September. Denali hotels and businesses close for the winter about that time as well.

Don’t let the weather be your only consideration. Alaska weather is highly unpredictable and whatever the weather brings for your vacation, we recommend getting out and having fun. The variable weather is part of the Alaskan experience so come prepared and enjoy the experience whether the sun is shining or not! Choose the month that works best for your schedule, your budget and offers what you most want to see and do. We hope to see you soon!

PS. For further details you can also check out our blog post on what are the best months to travel to Alaska?

Rainy Season in Homer

Q: When is the rainy season in Homer?

A: Unfortunately, Alaska does not have a predictable rainy season as the weather up here is very unpredictable. Please visit our weather blog for more information on what to expect from Alaska’s summer weather!

Northern Lights

Q: When is the best time to visit to view the northern lights? Where in Alaska is the best viewing?

A: The northern lights are definitely more visible during the winter months and the best place to visit would be Fairbanks. A company in Fairbanks called the Northern Alaska Tour Company does specific trips around the northern lights. Their website might be helpful in deciding when the more active times of the year would be and also to assist in booking a trip to view them.

Alaska Weather in May

Q: Can you please tell me how is the weather in Southeast Alaska in May? Places like Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, and Ketchikan – will it be very cold in May?

A: It sounds as if you will be on a cruise in May. Alaska weather is fairly unpredictable but May is a good time to travel in Alaska as everything is turning green and we have long hours of daylight. Follow this link to an informative Alaska weather blog. I would also recommend viewing our weather information page to get an idea of the average temperatures and daylight hours throughout our state.

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