Overview for Alaska
Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage on a ship small enough to get truly close to whales, wildlife and glaciers, combined with visits to quaint towns steeped in history. Travel the legendary McKinley Explorer railcars through Alaska’s breathtaking interior, past awesome Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain, in Denali National Park & Preserve. Relive the days of the gold rush or take a Sternwheeler cruise in Fairbanks or cross the Arctic Circle on a tour visiting the fascinating communities of Prudhoe Bay, Nome or Barrow in Alaska’s far north.
Anchorage, the largest city in the state is the perfect base to spend a few nights and take flightseeing tours by floatplane or a full day excursion to Prince William Sound. Anchorage is also home to two of the best attractions in Alaska – the Alaska Native Heritage Centre and the world-class Anchorage Museum.
Best Time to Travel
The weather in Alaska is dependent on the region. Southeast Alaskan cities experience cool summers as they are all located near the water. The interior enjoys warmer temperatures than any other region while the arctic have short cool summers.
Wherever you are in Alaska from May to September the days are long. Spring is an ideal time to visit – May is one of the driest months of the year, particularly in Southeast Alaska, the local communities are refreshed and eager to welcome their first guests of the season and the wildlife viewing is spectacular.
When to Go:
June to August is the best time to visit but it is also high season and very busy. May and September are quieter with mild weather. At any time the weather can be unpredictable so dressing in layers is recommended. May is best for wildlife. Travel in winter time can be difficult due to weather conditions.