Top Fall Ideas in Anchorage

  1. Northern Lights Viewing

    By the time September rolls around, true night skies have returned to Anchorage and that means the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, can be viewed again. You don't have to go far to increase your chances to see the aurora and its vibrant displays.
  2. Glacier Day Cruises

    Score a front row seat with great views of glaciers. You might also spy otters, birds, seals, and whales. Through the end of September and into the first weeks of October, one of the most popular Alaska activities is a glacier and wildlife cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park or Prince William Sound.
  3. Ride the Rails

    The Alaska Railroad offers year-round service. Hop a train to Fairbanks for fantastic views of the changing fall colors and maybe even a clear shot of Denali. Or take a day trip up to scenic Hurricane on one of the last whistle stop trains in America.
  4. Changing Colors

    You'll see bright reds, glowing yellows and rusty oranges during a typical autumn day in Anchorage. Grab the camera and be prepared, you never know when you'll find a moose filling up on fall delicacies or a flock of birds heading out for warmer southern climates. Anchorage hiking trails range from easy walks to almost technical climbs. But the journey is worth it when you see the stark contrast between the colorful leaves and berries and the mountaintops covered in a dusting of fresh snow.
  5. Events Galore

    The activity never stops in Anchorage. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Alyeska; grab a brat, pretzel and pint of beer before sitting down to listen to traditional music. Or join the largest gathering of indigenous people at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention in Anchorage. The public is welcome at the art expo, dance performances and keynote speeches.
  6. Fish On!

    Fall is a great time to fish! With fewer fishermen, beautiful fall colors and crisp days, time will fly by as you cast for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, grayling, steelhead and silver salmon. You don’t even need to bring your gear or worry about where to go; guide services for individuals or groups can hook you up with the best fishing spots.
  7. Mush!

    The snow typically doesn't fly in this part of Alaska until November, but mushers and their teams are already on the trail. A visit to a kennel meets meeting the friendly furry athletes, learning the art of managing an enthusiastic team, and might entail a training run using a wheeled cart or ATV.
  8. See a Show

    With world-renowned musicians and Broadway hits as well as local theater and dance troupes, Anchorage is Alaska’s prime spot for entertainment. The performing arts community offers something for everyone. Catch your favorite artists as they tour the West, or catch a locally produced show in an intimate playhouse. Before (or after) the show, stop in to a local restaurant serving up regional specialties such as halibut, salmon or shrimp.
  9. Hit the Trails

    Lace up those running shoes and take a jog through beautiful scenery! Dozens of fall runs are held around Anchorage, and mild temperatures will keep you cool mile after mile. Whether you’re looking for some fun or going for a personal record, you’ll find a long list of races to join.
  10. Museum Shows 

    The Anchorage Museum showcases artful Alaskans and Arctic subjects this fall: "Ukuqanaadan" showcases the work of artist Gertrude Svarny. Growing up in Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands, Svarny was among those evacuated and interned during World War II. She is an accomplished weaver, bentwood artist, and ivory and soapstone carver. On display beginning in October, "Aiviq and Nanuq" features works focused on two Arctic animals - walrus and polar bear - to explore the changing polar north. Pair these new exhibitions with the museum’s already stunning permanent exhibits on Alaska Native cultures and science in Alaska, and you have a stop that should be on any itinerary. The All-Alaska Biennial, a juried art from Alaska is on display as well.