We recommend a minimum of six months in advance, but will certainly do our best to accommodate your needs up to the last minute, assuming space permits. If you have a specific ‘must see’ list, we recommend planning an individualized visit to Alaska as early as possible to ensure the best availability of accommodations and excursion options for your dream Alaska visit. But when this is not possible, our experienced Travel Designers are adept at working with our vendor partners to create the most amazing Alaskan experience based on the parameters you provide.
The best time to visit Alaska depends on your interests. Some visitors are all about Summer while others prefer Winter getaways. But note that in Alaska, many travel and tour options are only available during the summer months, from mid-May through mid-September. Summer is therefore the most popular time to visit, with July being the busiest month. The warm weather and long daylight hours allow you to enjoy all that Alaska has to offer. The state and national parks are open, the fishing is fabulous and the bears are out of hibernation.
Then, from November through March, Alaska turns into a beautiful, winter wonderland. There are numerous unique outdoor activities available during these winter months including dog sledding, skiing, and venturing out for prime Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) viewing. You will also find many unique Alaska winter events, such as the Iditarod and the World Ice Art Championships.
Not if you are a U.S. citizen. If, however, your itinerary travel through Canada via ferry or cruise ship, a passport will be required even for U.S. citizens. All non-U.S. citizens will need a passport (and possibly other documents) to enter Alaska. We recommend you check with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration when planning your visit to Alaska.
Alaska has its own time zone — Alaska Time Zone — and participates in daylight savings.
Generally speaking, Alaska is:
- 1 hour behind Pacific Time Zone
- 2 hours behind the Mountain Time Zone
- 3 hours behind the Central Time Zone
- 4 hours behind the Eastern Time Zone
- 10 hours behind most western European countries