Alaska is a great place to visit anytime of the year. The “best” time really depends on what you want to do in Alaska. For instance – the driest, warmest months don’t offer views of the Aurora Borealis due to extended hours of daylight, so if the Northern Lights are what you are coming to see June is not the best time for you to visit. Most visitors come to Alaska from mid-May to mid-September, with the peak season from June 15th to August 15th. The peak period offers the most tour options, the best weather and the best wildlife viewing opportunities. Below is a breakdown of what is great and not so great about different travel time periods.
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. Usually, May is a drier month than later in the summer. Alaska tends to get more rain as the summer goes on. Temperatures are cool at the start of May and warm up as the month progresses. The days are long and Alaska begins to bloom. The trees in Anchorage usually leaf out around May 10th and a bit later than that further north. Keep in mind that the further north you go during early May, the more chance you have of encountering ice and snow that have yet to melt. Summer is slow to come in Interior Alaska! (more…)