Best time to go to Alaska

Good weather in Alaska is unpredictable. Generally, though, the summer months of July and August are drier, sunnier, and milder while the shoulder months of May and September tend to bring more clouds and rain and tends to be cooler.

You can cruise Alaska the summer months of July and August and it could be raining the whole time. You could also experience tremendous luck like I did in mid-June with sunbathing weather from beginning to end.

cruising in Alaska

Snow caps, sunshine and warm weather in Skagway mid June 2013.

If the best weather equates to the best time to cruise for you, then your best bet would be to book your Alaska cruise for travel between late June to late August. No guarantees though for sunshine.

If you’re indifferent about the weather, if what you’re more interested in wildlife, glaciers, or the midnight sun, then travellers, please read on to find out the best time for you to travel to Alaska.

Ultimate Best of Alaska Cruisetour

Denali National Park is abundant with wildlife.

Abundant wildlife: May and September.

icebergs and Alaska

Icebergs: May

salmon fishing

King salmon: June and July

Whittier Alaska in June 2013

Midnight Sun: June, early July

Aurora Borealis

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Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis): Late August and September

Ketchikan, Alaska

Shopping: Late August and September

When are you thinking of going to Alaska? What do you want to see while there? Please share with us in the comment box below.

About Vanny

Vanny is Cruise Experts Travel’s Social Media Coordinator. She is a passionate world traveler and has been given an exciting opportunity to share experiences, tips and advice on everything cruising and travel in Alaska.
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