How to Have the Best Time Visiting Alaska Through the Seasons

Have you ever wondered what gives Alaska its stunning natural beauty? There’s a reason you can’t find anything like it in the Lower 48. From sprawling meadows to massive glaciers and towering mountaintops, the landscape of the Last Frontier is a product of a unique climate. The diverse seasonality also means you can enjoy different experiences depending on when you visit. While many travelers prefer summer, the truth is that you can have a remarkable vacation no matter what time of year you arrive. Read on to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Alaska through the seasons! Then, learn about one of Alaska’s most fascinating regions when you request your free Vacation Guide to the Mat-Su Valley.

Everything You Want to Know About Alaska Through the Seasons

Alaska in the Summer

Man fishing for salmon: one of the best things to do in Alaska in July

What to Expect

If you’re planning to visit Alaska in the summer, you’ve made an excellent choice. Our unique geographical location results in long days with early sunrises, late sunsets, and mild temperatures. Daily highs average between 60 and 70 degrees, with evening lows in the 40s. Rainy afternoons are likely as we approach August, so be sure to plan your day accordingly. Due to the extended sunlight hours, we also recommend regularly applying sunscreen when you’re outdoors, especially at higher elevations. Overall, it’s one of the best times to visit our great state!

Fun fact: The summer solstice may be just another day for most of the United States, but in the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” it’s much more. June 21st is the longest day of the year with up to 19 hours of daylight! Days are longer throughout the season, meaning there’s plenty of time for outdoor adventure. You’ll need the extra time if you plan to explore all that Alaska has to offer!

Activities and Attractions

The wide variety of activities in the summertime contributes to this season’s popularity. One of the best things to do in July and August is fish for salmon. Reach out to a trusted company like Fishtale River Guides and try your luck at reeling in impressive king, silver, chum, sockeye, and pink salmon. Adventure seekers can enjoy hiking trails offering spectacular vistas that few people get to experience in their lifetime. If relaxation is more your style, the weather in September is perfect for a cruise in Alaska. You’re also welcome to attend several local events and party like a true Alaskan!

Local tip: Save plenty of storage space on your phone or camera. With so many magnificent views, we suggest taking photographs to remember it all!

Alaska in the Fall

Moose in Alaska in the fall: what to see when enjoying the things to do in Alaska in September

What to Expect

Autumn in Alaska brings cooler temperatures, but you can still enjoy some warm days with a handful of great things to do in September and October. Daylight hours also return to their normal schedule, with sunsets around 7:00 p.m. Expect average daily highs in the 40s and 50s with colder nights. The natural foliage comes to life around this time and bursts with shades of red, orange, and gold. It’s a fantastic backdrop for a peaceful vacation without the crowds of the summertime.

Local tip: Wild caribou herds begin their migration to Southern Alaska each fall, seeking better conditions and safety from predators. This can include journeys of hundreds of miles! You may catch a glimpse of them along the Glenn Highway near Matanuska Glacier. Or, for a guaranteed chance to see these majestic creatures, head over to the Williams’ Reindeer Farm.

Activities and Attractions

Any experienced hiker can tell you that fall is an opportune time to hit the trails. While you’re out there, feel free to bring a basket and fill it up with berries at the peak of ripeness. Days get shorter in fall, but think of this as an opportunity to stargaze! With very little light pollution, you can look upward to see vivid stars and constellations. You may even catch an early glimpse of the Northern Lights!

Alaska in the Winter

What to Expect

In wintertime, temperatures can drop well below freezing, so make sure you come prepared with heavy clothing. Days are also much shorter, with only five hours of sunlight at certain times of the year. The winter weather in Alaska may seem daunting, but those who have braved the cold can tell you it’s well worth the trip. All you need is an adventurous spirit and a warm jacket!

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Activities and Attractions

How many places can you think of where the local culture actually comes to life in the winter? Wintertime in Alaska is full of character and excitement, from the world-famous Iditarod to the Colony Christmas celebration. If you don’t mind the cold weather, you can reap the reward of enjoying one of the most unique destinations in the world. Consider some of these incredible things to do in Alaska in the winter!

Alaska in the Spring

Sunset above Mount McKinley during spring in Alaska

What to Expect

Get ready for more sunshine! Once springtime rolls around, we gain about one hour of daylight every week. The landscape also begins to blossom once more with plant and animal life. The spring weather in Alaska is mild, with temperatures averaging between 35 and 50 degrees. Step outside in the evening to see layers of purple, pink, and orange adjacent to snow-capped peaks in the nighttime sky.

Activities and Attractions

Spring marks the start of the annual whale migration, and it’s truly a sight to see. You can spot humpbacks, orcas, gray whales, and more. Seeing these extraordinary creatures emerge from the sea is simply breathtaking. If you prefer to stay on land, keep an eye out for a variety of migrating birds. You can even get a birds-eye view, yourself, of the tallest peak in North America! Enjoy these spectacular activities during spring in Alaska.

Stay at Alaska Garden Gate Through It All

Living area of the King Luxury Cottages at Alaska Garden Gate: the perfect place to relax in Alaska through the seasons

Whenever you decide to visit, you can count on having a fantastic place to stay. Alaska Garden Gate is nestled in the Chugach Mountains, offering the finest accommodations in the Mat-Su Valley. Enjoy luxury lodging or opt for more economical options without sacrificing comfort. Whichever one you choose, we provide excellent amenities, unique specials, and friendly service for a five-star stay.

If you’re looking to make the most of your visit, consider our King Luxury Cottages. They’re perfect for romance and relaxation in Alaska. Curl up by the fireplace in winter, marvel at the mountains from your patio in the summertime, and enjoy the convenient location to year-round attractions! In the summer, join us in the Breakfast Hall between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. for our full, hot breakfast served buffet-style. In the off-season, we deliver continental breakfast baskets to your fridge for your convenience. Talk about service!

Are you up for a one-of-a-kind adventure this year? Book directly on our website for the absolute best pricing and visit the Last Frontier!