When to Travel
When is the best month to visit Alaska? You can't go wrong visiting Alaska anytime between May and September The days are long, nature is in full bloom, and the air is alive with energy.
Weather is drier and cruise ships are not as crowded. Plus, the rates are often much lower than during the summer months. Wildlife viewing is optimal as larger animals migrate at the changing of seasons, and Alaskan wildflowers are in bloom.
Weather is starting to warm up, and more families are sailing together. Marine life viewing is optimal, as orcas, Minke whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and harbor porpoises are more active. Rising temperatures lead to more active glaciers, so you are more likely to see glacier calving during a June Gulf of Alaska or one-way cruise.
Autumn brings brilliantly colored foliage even in early September and fresh snow on high mountaintops. Weather begins to cool down and rates are often much lower than the summer. Northern Lights viewing is optimal while visiting Alaska’s interior.