Alaska is different from every other destination in the world. Every day offers an unforgettable memory: a mother moose and calf, glaciers and mountains, unique Native cultures, our Russian legacy and Gold Rush days. Even lifelong Alaskans are amazed! And we have a wide range of accommodations and dining to suit every budget.
Alaska Summer Visitor Season
Most tours operate mid-May to mid-September.
Peak season is mid-June to mid-August. Before and after, “shoulder season” offers discounts of 10-25%.
June 21 is the longest day of the year, with 19 hours of daylight in Anchorage, 22 in Fairbanks, and 18 in Southeast. However, from early May through September, days are considerably longer than at lower latitudes.
Alaska’s sky is light nearly all night long from late May to late July (unless you’re out and about at 3am).
On average, Alaska’s summers are slightly rainier than the rest of the U.S. But May is dry, with only a 25% chance of measurable rain on any given day. Alaska gets rainier as the summer progresses. By August, the chance of rain is just over 50%.
You will find temperatures in summer surprisingly pleasant. Daytime highs range from 60°F – 80°F. Nighttime lows are refreshingly cool, dipping into the 40’s – 50’s. May and September are 5°- 10° cooler. However, temperatures vary wildly depending on which region you plan to visit.
So, when’s the Best Season to Visit Alaska?
Put it all together, and we peg June 15 – July 15 as the best time to visit Alaska. But not everyone can visit during that month window, and that’s no problem. Alaska weather is not predictable. You can come in August and bask in sunshine, or in June and face “horizontal rain” (driving rain plus strong winds). Alaskans have learned not to let weather interfere with their plans—or mood.