The most common question we hear from people hoping to travel to Alaska is when is the best time to visit Alaska? The Alaska summer season is a short window from the end of May to the beginning of September. In that time it is packed with baby animals, fishing, wild flowers, and adventures galore!
October – March in Alaska
These are typically the colder, snowier months. You can experience some of our coldest temperatures during these months. It’s also the best time to try and see the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights because it’s typically clear and dark during this time. The Northern Lights are like the weather and often hard to predict so you will want to make sure you allow enough time to have a chance to see them. Typically we recommend four to seven days. Our Chalets give our guests a unique opportunity to sometimes see them from your front porch.
June in Alaska
June is filled with all the new baby animals and greenery sprouting every day! It is also the start of the salmon fishing season! June weather in Alaska typically gets warmer as the month progresses which also adds to the beauty of the landscape as the flowers start blooming creating a gorgeous tapestry along the mountains as you explore.
July in Alaska
July is the best time for salmon and halibut fishing. People come from all over the world to try their hand at catching some of the most delicious fish around. With the salmon come the bears! Katmai and Lake Clark are usually inundated with the large coastal brown bears getting their fill on their favorite treat. It is really a sight to see. Our wild flowers are in full bloom at this time and the purples and pinks of the fireweed flower have started to enhance the landscape even more. The sun is also out for almost 20 hours a day at this point so there is plenty of time for activities and enjoyment of the nature that surrounds you here.
August in Alaska
August sees a change in weather and landscape as the fireweed changes from pinks to purple and eventually cotton to signify that winter will soon be returning. This month is a great time to catch a glimpse of the larger animals getting ready for winter in Denali National Park. Down in Seward the marine wildlife are getting ready to migrate to warmer waters.
September in Alaska
September highlights our very short fall season. All the leaves change from green to a golden yellow with a fall breeze. The reds and oranges of the tundra moss line the hillsides in a variety of multi-colors. September is prime photography time for the fall colors. You may even have a chance at collecting wild blueberries or cranberries!
Alaska truly offers something incredible every month of the year. All you have to do is decide what you would like to see and experience.