Alaska summers shine, and more people are realizing what the destination has in store for fall, winter, and spring as well. There is growing interest in multi-season travel, and Anchorage is a prime place to enjoy Alaska no matter the date.
Amazing Never Hibernates
No matter the season, there is plenty to do in and around Anchorage, and the iconic experiences of Alaska typically associated with summer are options year-round, with tour operators offering tours 365 days a year.
With 60 glaciers surrounding Anchorage, finding them is an easy day trip. Guides pay the mighty Matanuska Glacier a visit on a road trip from Anchorage, while dozens of glaciers await day cruise passengers in Prince William Sound.
Moose actually spend more time in the Anchorage outside of the summer months and are easier to spot. From autumn to spring, they stick to town to avoid deep mountain snow, and are easier to spot without leafy cover.
If the destination is Denali, Anchorage is an all-season jumping off points. As things slow down inside the park for the off-season, Anchorage-based sightseeing flights continue to circle Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. Flightseeing is a prime way to explore the landscapes, glaciers, and other off-road areas.
The state’s cultural institutions fill the calendar, from special exhibitions on Alaska and the Arctic at the Anchorage Museum, to concerts, musicals, and opera at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
There is an added benefit to a visit in fall, winter, or spring – the northern lights soar in the skies over Anchorage. In the summer months, the midnight sun means the nights are too bright for stargazing and auroras, but from late August to mid-April, northern lights viewing is a top draw in Anchorage.