Well hello there! This regular column took a bit of a break in April while I was traveling. If you ever want to see all the questions people have asked me before, take a look at these archives! There have been A LOT of questions over the last year or so!
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When is the best time of year to visit Alaska?
This is a loaded question. If you are a winter sports enthusiast, visit anytime from November (the coldest month) through March. This is when there is the most snowfall and the ski resorts are open. This year, winter sorta forgot to visit. I had wanted to learn to cross country ski and snow shoe, but there really wasn’t enough snow to do that. It was cold – at least by my standards – but not my Alaska’s standards.
If you don’t like to see a lot of people while you are traveling, then come in the shoulder season which is May and September. The main Alaska tourism season is May 15 – September 15. During these months, more than one million people will visit Alaska!! It is early May now and I am surprised everyday by how many more people are well, everywhere!
The Gray Whales can be seen in Resurrection Bay by late March. There is a pod of resident Killer Whales that are always here, plus Humpbacks have started their migration as well. The whales will be here all summer long before they head south for warmer waters.
Salmon fishing starts in late May with the first King Salmon run. Then come the Sockeye Salmon in June, Silver Salmon runs in June and July, and Pink Salmon in August. Halibut fishing has already started and goes through September as well.
As for the weather, just remember that most of Alaska is in a temperate rain forest so bring a fleeced lined poncho. It rains quite a bit in June, very sunny in July, and August is equally as beautiful. Stay to see the leaves change to every shade of yellow and orange you can imagine starting in September.
When is your next trip out of state scheduled?
I am planning on going to BlogHer in mid-July. Then there’s the Great American Beer Festival in September in Denver. After that, I will be in Florida in late October for TBEX.
Do they celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Alaska?
Well, sorta. Nothing like Arizona or anywhere in the Southwest that has a large Mexican population. There really aren’t any large festivals here, just a few restaurants with food and beer specials. Guess we need more Mexicans in Alaska! 🙂