Although Alaska is a year round vacations destination, the majority of
visitors arrive between mid May and mid September.
One of the best times to visit Alaska is in the shoulder seasons, May and
September. Alaska has a short visitor season and during the peak summer months,
availability is limited, particularly in the popular destinations such as Denali
Park. Generally, the earlier you reserve space, the better. Alaska does not
handle the volume of tourists that many other National Park destinations
experience, so availability can be limited. By reserving you space early, you
are more likely to be able to choose the accommodations you really want to
experience. Princess Alaska Lodges' often see peak travel dates full be October
of the previous year.
The advantages of early season travel are numerous. The weather is
consistently good in May and drier throughout much of the state. Warm spring
days aided by long hours of daylight bring Alaska's wildflowers out in full
bloom. The wildlife viewing is also excellent in May since the larger animals
are migrating and in lower elevations where the snow has disappeared. Alaska is
not as crowded and you are able to take advantage of early season specials and
lower rates statewide. Princess Alaska Lodges, offers lower rates during the
early the season.
September is also a prime time to visit Alaska. Fall comes early to Alaska
and many of the deciduous trees are blazing yellow and red by Labor Day. Combine
the bright yellow colors of the aspen and willow trees with the blazing red
tundra plants and you have the best fall colors experience Alaska has to offer.
You will see why Polychrome Pass in Denali National Park earns it name! As a
backdrop, the tallest mountains will have fresh snow on their peaks while the
lower elevations are still dry. Wildlife search opportunities also improve in
late season, as the larger mammals begin feeding in the lower elevations in an
attempt to pack on as much winter weight as possible. Weather is characterized
by large temperature swings between warm days and chilly nights. In fact, it
gets dark enough in the Interior of Alaska to see the Northern
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