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When is the Best Time to Go to Alaska?

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 Lights!

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