We are halfway through the summer season, and while it’s warmer than the beginning of the season here in Alaska, the cooler months are right around the corner. If you are planning a late summer visit to the state, you may be wondering what the weather will be like and if it’s really a good time to vacation here. So, is early September a good time to see Alaska? Our tour guides in Skagway, AK believe it is, and here are some of the reasons why:
- Pleasant weather: Like other parts of the country, September in Alaska means a change in the weather. It’s typically still warm and summer-like during the first half of the month, in the upper 50s and 60s with about 14 hours of daylight. Later in the month, daytime temperatures begin to drop by about 10 degrees, and daylight starts disappearing. If you are planning a visit in September, pack accordingly, and consider bringing layers.
- Not as crowded: Visitors from all over make the journey to Alaska every year. Summertime is an especially popular time for people to visit, but it’s during the peak summer months of June, July and August that we see the biggest crowds. Most have left by the time September rolls around, leaving you with a little more room to move around parks, hiking trails and other areas for sightseeing. Trying to take pictures with crowds of people in the area often leads to unintended photobombs. In September, there’s a better chance that you’ll go home with photos of what you intended, and nothing more.
- Wildlife viewing: Because you’ve beat the crowds, wildlife sighting opportunities are improved. With fewer people around, wild animals are not as likely to be scared off. This is the time to enjoy nature and document your trip in photographs.
- Beautiful fall colors: If you visit Alaska closer to the end of September, even if it’s still technically summer, you could bear witness to the changing of the leaves. Leaves on trees across the state will be getting ready to shift from green to brown, orange, red, burgundy, crimson and other autumn colors. Have your camera ready!
- Good deals on hotels and tours: While summer is a great time to come to Alaska, you’ll pay higher prices for lodging and tours. That’s okay, but if you come later in the summer season, there might be some good deals! Look around ahead of time for hotels and tour companies for price drops and specials.
- Smaller tour groups: Depending on the company you book with, taking a tour in the summer in September could mean smaller tour groups. What you get are more personal tours, and your guide might even include extra sights or activities in your tour.
- Salmon fishing: Want to go on a fishing tour? You’re in luck! September is still a great time for salmon fishing, so book a fishing tour, gather your fishing gear and lunch and head out to the water later this summer!
For more information about tours in Alaska, don’t hesitate to contact Klondike Tours, Inc. Call to sign up with one of our knowledgeable tour guides in Skagway, AK today!