Alaska travel guide

Where to go, what to see: your Alaska travel guide

Why visit Alaska?

Unique light, stillness and quiet unlike any place on earth, Alaska is a sparkling expanse of untouched wilderness. There is wildlife at every turn – grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and occasionally black bears and wolves. Cruising is a fantastic way to see it, particularly along the legendary Inside Passage - and to get up closer to humpback whales, sea lions, harbour seals on floating ice, and maybe even land animals at times.

Alaska is blessed by its location. With its upper half dipping into the Arctic Circle, it offers the rare chance to see the magnificent Aurora Borealis. This stunning phenomenon is delicate and fickle as it doesn’t always present itself – your best chance to see the Northern Lights is in late February and early March. But when it does, in the quiet hours of the late night and early morning, it creates one of the most dazzling and inspiring images on earth.

 

This massive state is also well known for the iconic Iditarod National Historic Trail. Find out how goods were transported across great distances of cold and often dangerous land; check out Happy Trails Kennels – home of four-time Iditarod champion, Martin Buser, and his sled dogs. Take in the majesty of Kenai Fjords National Park, its vistas and sea life – perhaps witness glaciers calving into the sea, powerful whales, and playful sea otters.


Weather and climate in Alaska

When is the best time to visit Alaska?

Long days and clear skies mean the best time to visit Alaska is between May and September. During these summer months, nature is at its peak and the temperature is at its mildest. That’s not to say there’s no chance of rain, however, as Alaska’s climate can be as unpredictable as the UK’s. The best time to see bears in Alaska is between May and September, particularly during July when the glacial meltwaters bring in a fresh supply of sockeye salmon to areas such as Denali National Park.

Alaska has a subarctic climate resulting in cooler temperatures throughout the summer months. When travelling to the coast please keep in mind that the ocean breeze may give the sensation of colder temperatures. Higher elevations, like those found in Denali National Park will have drier air but may be slightly cooler than those found at lower elevations. We recommend checking local weather in each of your destinations prior to travel to ensure you are adequately prepared for the conditions.

 

 

 

 Anchorage

 Valdez

 Fairbanks

 January

 -21.5/-18°C

 -6/2°C

 -24/-14.5°C

 February

 -21/-16.5°C

 -5/3°C

 -21.5/-9°C

 March

 -6.5/2°C

 -3.5/5°C

 -17/-2°C

 April

 -0.5/7°C

 0/9°C

 -4.5/8.5°C

 May

 4.5/13°C

 3.5/12.5°C

 3.5/16°C

 June

 9/16.5°C

 7/15.5°C

 9.5/21.5°C

 July

 11.5/17.5°C

 9/16.5°C

 11/22°C

 August

 10/17°C

 8/16.5°C

 8/19°C

 September

 6/12.5°C

 5.5/13.5°C

 2.5/13°C

 October

 -1/5°C

 1.5/9°C

 -7/2°C

 November

 -7.5/-1.5°C

 -3/4°C

 -18/-8.5°C

 December

 -20.5/-17°C

 -4/3°C

 -22/-12°C

 


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