• Bears in Katmai National Park

Alaska Holidays

Alaska holidays call travellers to journey off the beaten track and embrace the wilderness of the United State’s largest state. With 80 percent of its land not accessible by road, it's incredibly rich in unspoilt landscapes and wildlife; it’s a state of outdoor adventure just waiting to happen.

The state’s capital city of Juneau is the United State’s largest city by land area but a relatively small population of around 32,000, so there’s plenty of nature to explore here, as well as the city’s galleries, restaurants and nightlife destinations. Just outside of Juneau lies Mendenhall Glacier. Grab some crampons and go glacier trekking or simply stand back and admire the impressive sight. For a dose of Alaskan culture, head to Anchorage and learn about local indigenous groups at the Native Heritage Centre. Thrill seekers won’t be disappointed here either, with 300 miles of wilderness trails and 60 glaciers on the city’s doorstep. If you’re keen to get out of the city, take to the water and explore the wild Glacier Bay National Park by boat.

Visit Alaska’s small towns

If you’re looking for some small town charm, Alaska’s got it in abundance. Head to Talkeetna, a quaint town with views of Denali, and explore on your own or join a tour. Like the rest of Alaska, there are plenty of adventures to be had here, from zip lining to fishing, as well as charming local shops, breweries and restaurants.

Being the USA’s largest state, there’s a lot to see on an Alaskan holiday. An Alaskan Highlights Tour is a great way of experiencing the best that the state has to offer, from sea kayaking amongst floating glaciers in Valdez to catching glimpses of grizzly bears, dall sheep and wolves while wildlife spotting in Denali National Park. If you want to see even more of America, hop on board the Rocky Mountaineer and combine your trip to Alaska with a rail journey through the Canadian Rockies.

Destination Highlights
  • Go on a sightseeing tour to Denali National Park, looking out for wildlife
  • Spot whales off the coast of Juneau while on a cruise
  • Discover Wrangell-St Elias National Park on a river tour
  • Kayak the freezing waters of Kenai Fjords National Park

Time Zone

GMT -8 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 17 hours; flights are indirect via other airports in the United States

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel

Language

English, although Native Alaskan languages are still spoken

Health Information

No vaccinations are required for travel to Alaska

Things to do in Alaska

Track wildlife, hike through National Parks, kayak around inlets and coves, cruise beside gigantic glaciers and soar high above the land in a float plane witnessing the beautiful wilderness below. Alaska is an outdoor lovers paradise and has so much on offer for you so you can explore this incredible destination the way you want to. Alaska is ready and waiting for you.

  • Northern Lights

    Northern Lights

    Head to Fairbanks to see the Aurora Borealis, nature’s spectacular light display. The far north of Alaska has minimal light pollution and is ideal for spotting the Northern Lights, which flicker from green to blue and red in the night sky. Although it’s possible to spot the lights all year round, spend a few days in the north for the best chance of cloudless, moonless skies from late August to April.

  • Grizzly Bear

    Wildlife viewing

    Wildlife in Alaska is abundant and no matter which season you choose to visit, there are animals here for you to see. See the arrival of birds in spring, witness the beluga whales close to shore in summer, watch moose bulls rut in Autumn and track wolves through the snow in winter. And of course for the showstoppers, grizzly bears you will want to visit during late spring and summer.

  • Denali National Park

    Denali National Park

    Denali National Park is home to North America’s tallest peak: Mount McKinley. The park covers six million acres of pristine forests, tundra and glaciers and is a haven for wildlife including moose, bears and wolves. Drive along the park’s one road to take in the scenery and stop off for some spectacular hikes. You can also get around by bus, bicycle or go kayaking.

  • Alaskan Cruise

    Glacier Bay National Park

    Spread over 3.3 million acres, Glacier Bay National Park is a protected Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO site best explored by boat. Sail over frigid waters dotted with icebergs, spotting eleven giant glaciers, including the Grand Pacific Glacier. The protected inlets are perfect for kayaking and the area is a feeding ground of Humpback Whales in the summer.

The best time to visit Alaska

Alaska can be incredibly cold in the winter months, with temperatures below freezing, but between June and September, you can expect average temperatures between 17ºC and 22ºC.  Though the level of rainfall does increase as summer goes on, the summer months are the best time to visit, with warm temperatures, long daylight hours and blooming nature. 

 

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Average weather in January

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
-5ºC
40mm

Average weather in February

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
-4ºC
40mm

Average weather in March

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
1ºC
60mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
9ºC
80mm

Average weather in May

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
15ºC
100mm

Average weather in June

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
20ºC
100mm

Average weather in July

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
22ºC
120mm

Average weather in August

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
21ºC
140mm

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
17ºC
140mm

Average weather in October

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
10ºC
90mm

Average weather in November

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
4ºC
90mm

Average weather in December

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Alaska
-3ºC
70mm
  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    "It’s well worth booking onto an escorted tour and spending some time being shown around this incredibly beautiful state by an expert guide. Their knowledge of the region is invaluable and will help you spot wildlife, such as bears and maybe even wolves."

     

  • Charlie, Destination Manager

    Charlie

    Destination Manager

    "Though Alaska’s landscapes and wildlife are its main draw, you won’t regret spending a little time browsing the locally-owned shops. Not only will you come away with a unique souvenir but it’s also a great opportunity to support the local community."

Local Cuisine

Thanks to the plentiful daylight hours and rich glacial soil, Alaska boasts an array of delicious fruit and vegetables. There’s also an abundance of local seafood and wild meat. 

 

  • Reindeer sausage

    A true Alaskan twist on a common treat, reindeer sausages are usually made with well seasoned wild Reindeer combined with other meats, such as pork and beef. 

     

  • Alaskan King Crab

    Known for being a sweet tasting seafood, just one Alaskan King Crab is big enough to feed several people. Tourists come from all around to fish for them, but there a plenty of Alaskan restaurants serving this delicacy, so you’ll be able to try it even if you’d rather not catch it yourself. 

     

  • Foraged Berries

    Alaska is a great state for finding delicious berries, so take a tub with you if you go hiking and stop for berry picking breaks. The ideal time to pick berries in Alaska is in August, before they all disappear come September. There are a few poisonous berries though, so make sure you know what you’re picking. Pick up a guidebook before you go or ask a park ranger for advice. 

     

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