How Early is too Early to head to Alaska?

I cruised Alaska last May but if I had it do over, I would have gone in June or July.  The weather was still a little too chilly for me.  What's your experience been in going to Alaska?

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We had one planned for August I think. I thought that was the preferred time to go to Alaska.

I thought it was a bit chilly in August!Big Smile

(Of course when I left home to go to Seattle, it was 115 F)

I think the weather in July is usually quite good - more sunshine and warmer on average than the other months.

Look at July and August for that area. Too early, and the landing fields for the mosquitos and flies are not quite ready, so the bugs are still flying around. They have been know to bite quite aggressively and carry off pets and small children.

But that's the best time for you, much later and it will be cooler that most are happy with.

We usually like end of May beginning of June. 

I am going this year on April 29th

Sounds like a good way to have a kid-free cruise!Big Smile

I drove up there one June about 20 years ago. I think the FAA actually has to track the mosquitos in flight to avoid any collisionsBig Smile

It is really hit or miss. I've seen it warmer in late September than mid summer but best to go by the averages. The time to travel to and in Alaska really depends upon which part of Alaska you will be visiting and what you are most interested in. For instance, bear viewing is really popular, however most brown bear viewing is on the coast when the salmon are peaking out in the spawning streams, which occurs mid summer until snow flies.

If you are doing a cruise tour or visiting interior Alaska as an independent with a lot of outdoor activity, you might want to come before the peak mosquito season begins, shortly after mid June, ends around early August. Mosquitos are our state bird so treat them kindly. 

About 65 percent of cruisers to Alaska only do the Southeast (Panhandle) portion of the State. Not much of a mosquito problem in Southeast since they don't breed in brackish or salt water. So between mid June and anytime in July is a good bet if you are looking for warmer weather. The weather in Southeast is a lot warmer in the Fall and winter than in central Alaska. It can be really nice in late September there. However, the closer to the equinox you get the more severe weather you can experience, particularly in Southeast.

Sometime back, a lady, who was really upset, posted about her unpleasant stay at Denali, it was pretty warm, close to 90 F. She stayed in one of the better lodges. They didn't have air conditioning though, who does up here? But they do have windows you can open. Unfortunately, they didn't have screens on their windows. Also, unfortunately, it was a very bad mosquito year, but she opened the windows anyway. Ouch. 

Here is a picture of a cruise we took that stopped at Hubbard Glacier at the head of Yakutat Bay. It was the end of May, the temperature was 72 F. We spent quite a bit of time close to the glacier, so long that I got a sunburn.   

 

I’ve been to Alaska for the first cruise in May and the last cruise in September.  I prefer May for the daylight and weather, but if you like to shop everything is 90% off the last cruise of the season!  Best time for Alaska?  Mid to late August when the kids go back to school.  Great prices and fantastic weather make an awesome cruise!

 

I have seen those days when vacationing in parts of Ontario. I HATE those black flies that leave quart sized whelps and sores when they bite! I think I was the landing field!

 

I so want to do an Alaska cruise however and a New England/Canada too! Maybe in '18!

 

Brian

 

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