Numerous people travel to Alaska every year during the summer and winter months for recreational fun, but few think of it as a destination for enjoying autumn. However, as you’ll soon discover, there are plenty of reasons to visit Alaska in the fall, especially if you’re looking to go somewhere new and exciting.
If you love traveling but have never had a chance to go to Alaska, fall is the perfect time to go. Don’t believe me? Here are six reasons to visit Alaska during the fall season:
1. Avoid the Crowds
During the warm summer months, some vacationers fly from the continental U.S. or Honolulu to Anchorage, and Alaska’s population swells as droves of tourists flock to the state. Whale watching, staggering glaciers, and historical towns of the last frontier are popular, but all of those activities will be packed with people left and right.
You can enjoy the same views in the fall. This gives you the added benefit of fewer tourists while you enjoy the sights mentioned and take in the radiant leaves all around you.
2. The Sheer Beauty
Visit Alaska around mid-September and you may actually be awestruck by the bright red, purple, yellow, and gold hues blanketing the lush evergreen forests and majestic mountains. You can even take a road trip to Denali National Park, where the snow-capped peaks, fields of dense evergreen, and bright autumn leaves pair together in a symphony of color.
3. Relax, Relax, Relax
While some people use CBD to relax when traveling, you can decompress just as effectively with a visit to a spa. Getting a massage or relaxing in a sauna is a great way to begin your day. Then, you can follow that up with retail therapy at a few local shops or head out of town to enjoy a peaceful hike in the woods.
4. The Wildlife
With winter around the corner, moose, caribou, grizzlies, and black bears are plentiful and easy to encounter since they are busy gorging on various foods before beginning their hibernation in the winter. To have the best chance of capturing some great photos of bears and moose, head over to Denali National Park. If you want to go whale watching instead, your best bet is to catch them at Kenai Fjords National Park before they migrate for the winter.
5. Salmon Fishing
Autumn is a prime time for salmon fishing as silver salmon run upstream from September to early October from the Kenai River up to Sitka. Whether you’re a seasoned fishing pro or you want a guided trip, you’re sure to love the surrounding beauty as you spend the day enjoying some of the best salmon fishing available.
6. The Northern Lights
Seeing the beautiful pink, green, yellow, orange, and blue streaks of the Aurora Borealis color the night sky is on many people’s bucket lists. Since the sun usually sets around 7 p.m. in the autumn, you may get to see this spectacular occurrence.
To increase your odds, plan part of your Alaska trip in a northern city, such as Fairbanks or Utqiagvik, and then watch the night sky between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
There are numerous reasons to visit Alaska throughout the year, but autumn is arguably one of the best times. With so much wildlife moving around preparing for winter, an almost indescribable array of colors in the trees, mountains, and skies, historical towns, and few tourists on average, it’s easy to see why I suggest visiting Alaska in the fall. Take this as a sign to start planning your next adventure in Alaska!