When your packing for your Alaska vacation, it’s best to plan for a little of everything. Weather can vary dramatically by region and season.

Alaska’s summer season is May through September. May is generally the driest month across the state, even in the temperate rainforest of the Inside Passage. By July, daytime temperatures in the Interior can average in the 70 °F range– although it has been known to reach well into the 90s – while temperatures in the coastal areas and higher elevations rarely get above 65 °F. Temperatures across the state start cooling in August and September.

Winter in Alaska is roughly October through March, although temperatures and daylight vary from region to region. Coastal areas are more temperate, rarely falling below 20 °F. Winter in the Interior and Arctic regions are completely different. You may start seeing snow in Interior as early as October, and temperatures may dip below -20 °F during the winter months.

For more detailed weather and packing information see our Regional Climate and Packing Guide.

Alaska Tips

Where are the best places to see bears in Alaska?

Learn More Bears top of the list of Alaska’s “top 5” wildlife viewing experiences. And because bears tend to visit the same locations in search of...

Firearms

Learn More You may carry firearms for protection or hunting in Alaska with proper permits. Airline passengers must...

Driving Tips

Learn More The vast majority of Southcentral Alaska is on the road system so traveling by car in this region is common. If you drive to Alaska, first remember you will have...

Sportfishing

Learn More Interior rivers and lakes serve up salmon, trout, Dolly Varden, northern pike and grayling. Refer to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for fishing runs and license information at...

This website uses cookies to analyze traffic and customize content on this site.
By clicking OK and using this website, you are agreeing to our privacy policy regarding the use of cookies.

OK