3 of the Best Things to Do in Alaska in August

Have you ever wanted to horseback ride through stunning nature trails, enjoy freshly-picked berries on a scenic hike, or get up close to a reindeer? These are just a few of the things to do in Alaska in August! It’s one of the best times to visit Alaska, especially for a summer vacation before school starts up again. Read on to learn about some of the enticing activities and attractions here!

Our state is wonderfully unique, which means there are plenty of opportunities to experience things that you can’t anywhere else. This includes all of the great things to do in Alaska in August. Start exploring them now!

Enjoy These Great Things to Do in Alaska in August

1. Explore the Great Outdoors

Alaska offers unique outdoor adventures you can’t experience anywhere else. Surround yourself with fascinating wildlife, stunning mountain views, and beautiful landscapes with some of these activities:

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for a horseback ride in Palmer and see the surrounding area in a unique way. There are fantastic companies like Alaska Horse Adventures and D&S Alaskan Trail Rides that offer guided tours. Be sure to take in the views around the Knik River Valley and Denali. Don’t worry if you’ve never ridden a horse before; people of all experience levels are in for a good time!


Hiking is another great way to get close to nature and admire native wildlife. There are numerous hiking trails available for you to venture on. August is also one of the best times of year for fresh berry picking, so keep an eye out for these sweet fruits! We recommend bringing along a guidebook to differentiate between berries that are safe to eat and those that are poisonous.

Safety tips: Bears may also be out and about, so stay alert and bring a can of bear spray with you. We are happy to provide some during your stay.


August is a great time to go a fishing. Our lakes and rivers are popular Alaska destinations for anglers. Catch various types of salmon, depending on when they are running. Feel free to embark on one of the great salmon fishing trips for a memorable experience. You are likely to reel in some trophy catches worth bragging about!

2. Attend Seasonal Events

Check out some of the fun local events happening in August. Be sure to mark your calendars and plan ahead for these exciting occasions:

Alaska State Fair

Locals and visitors eagerly await the Alaska State Fair each year. You can catch the action at the end of August and early September leading up to Labor Day. Enjoy 12 fun-filled days of carnival rides, unique exhibits, and a variety of vendors. Among the attractions are some of the largest vegetables you’ll ever see. We celebrate the local agriculture industry with competitions for biggest pumpkins, sunflowers, and more. Some even break records!

Running with the Bulls

We also suggest visiting the Musk Ox Farm for their Running with the Bulls event. Each August, participants have fun, get some exercise, and support a good cause. Sign up for the 10k or 5k run, or just hang out and watch. The musk oxen may even join in on the excitement from the other side of the fence! There’s live music, delicious food, and raffles. Proceeds support the Musk Ox Farm to ensure the safety and well-being of one of the oldest living species in Alaska.

3. Stay at Alaska Garden Gate for Your Summer Vacation

Enjoy your summer vacation in comfort at Alaska Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast. We have several top-notch accommodations to choose from in varieties to suit every traveler. For families and groups traveling together, we recommend our two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottages. Sit around the fireplace in your spacious living area, cook meals together in the full kitchen, and relax in your king– and queen–size beds. If you want to stay in for an evening, get the fireplace going and enjoy a movie on the smart-TV with streaming capabilities. Just don’t stay inside too long; there is so much to experience here! We encourage you to visit Alaska in the summertime for unique activities and stunning scenery. Check our availability and make your reservations today!

Find your ideal Palmer hotel option at Alaska Garden Gate and we’ll see you soon!

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