“Tis the Season to Visit Alaska”

“When is the best time to visit Alaska?” is a question that we’re often asked.  On the 3000+ passenger cruise liners, it probably doesn’t matter all that much.  The season is short, and while you’ll see the magnificent scenery (from a distance), these ships are too big to get “up close and personal” with the wildlife. 

But there are smaller, 300-400 passenger ships that can and do cruise along the shoreline, and are small enough to enter and drop anchor overnight in the numerous bays that exist along the coast and along the Inner Passage.  There you can see bears and whales and salmon …Oh My! (Sorry. Couldn’t resist that).  You can kayak, hike, or just chill and admire the breathtaking scenery.

So, when’s the best time to see the Northern lights? – September. The Humpback whales? – mid May through mid September. Birding? – mid May to mid June and mid August to mid September.  Sunshine/Lowest rainfall? – May and June.  Can anyone guarantee that you’ll see these things?  Heck, no, but it will give you the best opportunity to do so.