Granted, we’re biased. We think EVERY season is a good time to visit Alaska!
Our summer season is May through September. This is a great time to be outdoors. Take a hike along a forest trail, fish for salmon in flowing blue rivers, kayak along secluded shorelines, look for Alaska’s Big 5 (moose, bear, wolves, caribou, and Dall sheep), or just have fun under the Midnight Sun. With our longer days, you’ll have plenty of daylight to play from dawn till dusk!
Winter is roughly October -April. Snow may start falling in the Arctic and Interior regions in October, and by November in Southcentral. It’s time to get out and enjoy Alaska’s winter wonderland! Our nights are longer, but the low-level daylight – and moonlight reflecting on snow – are absolutely magical. Grab your snowshoes or cross-country skis and get out on the trails, snowmobile (snowmachine, as Alaskans call it) out to a remote cabin, or snuggle up in a sled behind a team of Alaska huskies as they mush their way across a brilliant white landscape. Speaking of dog mushing—it’s Alaska’s state sport! From 25-mile sprints to thousand-mile long-distance runs, Alaska’s premier four-footed athletes compete in races across the state. Once a necessary means for winter travel, sled dog racing is popular sport for humans and canines alike.
If you want to see the aurora borealis - the northern lights - you’ll want to be Alaska from August through April, when it’s darkest. While potentially visible as far south as Ketchikan, the greens and reds of the northern lights are typically most visible in Interior and Arctic Alaska. Plan on dressing warm and staying up late: the best times to gaze into the night sky are between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. when there is little or no moonlight.