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No matter how long I live in Alaska; the beauty makes me smile daily! Here is my advice on visiting Alaska!
My Facebook Page, Visit Amazing Alaska, has lots of great pictures and advice. Feel free to follow me and ask questions there, or comment below.
Will I see a lot of people? How many people live in Alaska?
- In 2014; there were roughly 736,000 people living in Alaska. And over 2 million people visit Alaska each year.
When is the best time to visit Alaska? What fun things can I do?
- Hunting– Moose, caribou, Dall Sheep, bear…we have a lot to choose from! You can learn more about licenses here.
- Fishing– Homer, Alaska is the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World!” And I’m sure you already know about our Salmon! You can learn more about licenses here.
- Skiing– there are several mountains to choose from!
- Golf– traditional and ice golf.
- Hiking– glaciers, trails, and mountains
- Northern lights– in winter
- Midnight sun– in summer
- Festivals– There are several festivals throughout the year.
- Mosquitoes start dying off the end of July/early August when the cooler nights freeze them.
- Photograph– eagles, swans, black bears, grizzlies, caribou, Dall sheep, whales, mountains, waterfalls, and wildflowers!
- Long drives-which are great for sightseeing. and always a beautiful sight around the next bend!
- View bald Eagles-We have Eagles year round, but in November of each year, over 3,000 Bald eagles flock to Haines, Alaska for a few short weeks. I’ve been in Haines on December 1st and the trees were full of eagles; some having 20 or more in a tree!
- Gray whales are best seen in Ketchikan, Sitka, Kodiak, and Seward in April and May as they travel to the Bering Sea.
- Beluga Whales can be seen in the Cook Inlet just south of Anchorage in the spring, summer, and fall.
- Humpback Whales can be spotted between Homer and Kodiak in June and July.
- Orcas/Killer Whales are best seen in early May to early June but can also be spotted until September near Seward, Alaska.
- The Northern Lights season is September- April, and best seen outside of Fairbanks.
- The Milky Way season in North America is Mid March- Mid October, but with so much light, you won’t see them in the summer.
- Denali Nation Park offers tours mid-May through early September.
Seriously; how cold does it get in Alaska?
- I wouldn’t pack flip-flops and tank tops. But Alaska has reached 100 degrees near the Arctic Circle, so don’t give up hope on warmth! Layers are your friend!
I heard there’s 24 hours of sunlight in Alaska!
- If you go above the Arctic Circle, you can see 24 hours of light but most of Alaska does not have full sun. Below is a handy image of three cities and their hours of light. You can also check out this online daylight calculator.
How do you get to Alaska?
- You can drive to many parts of Alaska, and I HIGHLY recommend buying the Milepost. We’ve driven the Alaska Highway twice; both between Alaska and Florida. You can read more info on driving through Canada in my post about The Best Travel Tips You’ll Want To Read Immediately.
- You can take the ferry.
I hope this answered a few questions about visiting Alaska. Feel free to connect with me if you have further questions.