Q. What is the best time of the year to travel in Alaska? -Kathy
A. Most any time of year has its charms, but personally for ease in getting around, and things to do, I’d vote for April thru September. The exception to this, of course would be if you are looking for winter sports such as skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter fun.
After our long, white winter, Alaskan’s color starved eyes can’t wait for summer with it’s colorful flowers everywhere, but since you can safely plant anything in the ground til toward the end of May….it takes a bit for our lovely flower beds to burst forth in beauty. The municipal greenhouses do a great job though of having flowering baskets ready to hang everywhere in the cities by about the first of June. There is literally bursts of color everywhere from then on to freeze up. It is wonderful.
We don’t get leaves on our trees here in central Alaska until about 3rd week in May, usually; although one year, we were nicely surprised on the 19th of April when, seemingly overnight, our ‘land of sticks’ was transformed into a lovely green everywhere. I always play a little game of trying to catch the trees in the very act of leafing out. A very few years I’ve caught them at it….but usually one day there is nothing and the next day, there they are in all their loveliness.
As for our infamous mosquitoes – you’d swear they come with twin engines!….well, don’t let them scare you off. It varies much from year to year as to how bad they are and usually they are only bad for about 4-6 weeks. It only seems like months! Probably June is the mosquito month, but Alaska is so fascinating in general that I’ll bet you won’t even mind them.