For many people, visiting Alaska is a lifelong dream. Because the climate differs dramatically from the lower 48 states, it is important to understand the Alaskan seasons before planning your vacation.
Although there are some reasons to visit in the winter, the best time to visit Alaska is from mid-May to mid-September. Cruise lines operate the majority of their cruises to Alaska during the summer months. During this time, the days are very long compared to the lower 48 states. The average amount of daylight in the middle of June in Alaska ranges from 18 hours to 22 hours. The peak season is typically mid-June to mid-August. During June and July, the average daytime highs are from 60 to 80 degrees F and the average night temperature is from 40 to 50 degrees F.
If you would like save some money and visit during a less crowded time, consider visiting Alaska during the "shoulder" months of May and September. You can often find reduced rates on hotel rooms and attractions. If you are going to be taking a cruise to Alaska, you can often get reduced rates or upgraded cabins during May and September. The daylight hours are shorter during the summer, with an average of 16 to 18 hours of daylight. The weather is still moderate, with daytime temperatures ranging from 50 to 70 degrees F and nighttime temperatures ranging from 30 to 40 degrees F.
One of the highlights of many trips to Alaska is a visit to the Denali National Park. Other places that are popular for visitors are Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Skita and Skagway. If you are taking a cruise to Alaska, you should plan time in your itinerary to explore the interior after your cruise. During a trip to Alaska, you will see unique wildlife and experience indigenous Alaskan culture.
In 1741, Vitus Bering became the first European to explore Alaska. The United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million in an effort led by William Steward. The gold rushes of the late 1800s brought many miners and settlers to Alaska. In 1912, Alaska became a U.S. territory and on January 3, 1959, became the forty-ninth state.
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