Due to its sheer size, Alaska’s weather varies greatly throughout its regions and by season. In summer (May through September), daylight hours begin to get longer from the Inside Passage moving north. May is typically the driest month throughout the state. By July, through the day the Interior region can reach average temperatures of 70 °F, and has been known to reach into the 90s, while coastal areas and higher elevations usually stay below 65 °F. Temperatures begin dropping in August and September, and the wondrous fall colors create spectacular panoramas across the landscapes. Winter in the Interior and the Arctic are different. In the Interior, it can snow as early as October, with temperatures below -20 °F during the depths of winter. The Arctic, however, will see snow, but can get less than 5 inches of precipitation per year, due to its desert-like climate. Temperatures in Spring and Fall vary; often it can be warm throughout the day, but cold at night.
For packing, you’ll want comfortable breathable items throughout the year, layers, as well as waterproof items. Here are a few suggestions of things you’ll want to include in your suitcase:
Everywhere in the world, no matter how safe the destination, tourists are amongst the most easily targeted for theft. As a result, we strongly urge you to leave your valuable belongings, including excess cash and jewelry, at home. Please review your personal insurance policy to make sure you are adequately covered for the belongings you do plan to take with you. We assume no responsibility for personal belongings left behind, although we will always do our best to help. Additionally, hotels will not compensate their travelers for theft from the hotel premises.