Trying to figure out the best time of the year to take a trip up to Alaska? While the warm summer months are certainly the most popular amongst tourists, the truth is Alaskan tours are enormously fun any time of year.
Every season has something unique to offer in Alaska. Don’t believe me? Take a look at these ideal Alaska vacation activities in every season of the year.
Winter- the Iditarod
Near the end of every winter, Alaska hosts its most cherished event: the Iditarod. This grueling, 1,049 mile dog sled race has become an iconic event in the Alaskan calendar.
If you’ve never had a chance to see the a dog sled race, head up to Anchorage on the first Saturday of March to cheer on the mushers as they embark on their incredible journey. For dog lovers, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing a trained team of Husky dogs working together as one as they race across the tundra.
Spring- Wildflowers in Bloom
In late May and early June, Alaska’s magnificent wildflowers come into full bloom, canvassing the state with an assortment of colorful beauty unlike anywhere else. Hikes through any of the state’s eight national parks will yield spectacular views of sweeping fields of wildflowers.
The pale blue of Forget-Me-Nots is a common sight in the Alaskan spring; its beauty so captivating that Alaska has designated is as the official state flower. Plan a vacation up to Alaska in late spring and you’ll get a front row seat to the rebirth of nature after a long winter.
Summer- Midnight Baseball
Alaska is famous for having perpetual sunlight in the summer due to its extreme northerly latitudes. And every year, the town of Fairbanks celebrates the summer solstice by playing a baseball game like none other: in the middle of the night.
The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks play a game of midnight baseball every year, and the atmosphere is always amazing. While it may be far from the bright lights of MLB stadiums, some very notable players have suited up for the game in the past, including Jason Giambi, Harold Reynolds, and Tom Seaver. Head up to Fairbanks on June 21st and you just might see baseball’s next stars under the light of the midnight sun.
Fall- Salmon Season
Bears and fisherman alike rejoice in the annual salmon runs that bring a bounty of tasty fish to Alaska’s countless rivers and streams. Anglers always catch plenty of fish during the annual salmon run (from late August-early October), which they then can have vacuum-packed and shipped home to eat throughout the winter.
Bears also flock to the rivers during this period, taking advantage of a last opportunity to fatten up on nutritious salmon before the winter hibernation. This causes for the dramatic scene of bears snatching salmon out of the air as they jump out of the river, just make sure to keep a safe distance as you view it!