When to Travel to Alaska

Although Alaska is a year–round vacation destination, the majority of visitors arrive between mid–May and mid–September.

Travelers in the know visit Alaska in September and May (the shoulder seasons) for great weather and easier booking. Alaska has a short visitor season and can get busy during the peak summer months. Generally, the earlier you reserve space, the better. Princess Alaska Lodges often see peak travel dates full by October of the previous year.

Alaska does not handle the volume of tourists that many other National Park destinations experience. Availability can be limited, particularly in popular destinations such as Denali Park. Reserve your space early to choose the accommodations you really want to experience.

Visit Alaska in Season

Alaska in the SpringBest Times to Visit

One of the best times to visit Alaska is in the shoulder seasons, May and September.

Alaska in September

September is a prime time to visit Alaska for an early taste of autumn. Fall comes early to Alaska and many of the deciduous trees are blazing yellow and red by Labor Day.

May in Alaska

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 through lower elevations where the snow has disappeared. Alaska is not as crowded in May and it’s easy to take advantage of early season specials and lower rates statewide. Princess Lodges offers lower rates during the early season.

September in Alaska

September is also a prime time to visit Alaska. Fall comes early and by Labor Day many of the hardwood trees have turned brilliant colors. Combine the bright yellow colors of the aspen and willow trees with the blazing red tundra plants and you have a unique fall colors experience. You will see why Polychrome Pass in Denali National Park earns it name.

The tallest mountains have fresh snow on their peaks while the lower elevations are still dry. Larger mammals begin feeding in the lower elevations in an attempt to pack on as much winter weight as possible, so wildlife search opportunities improve. Days are warm and nights are chilly. Plus, it gets dark enough in the Interior of Alaska to see the Northern Lights.