Q. Which month would be best touring for weather and sight seeing? What would be the best traveling source for an independant two week photo vacation? -Bec G.
A. Hmmmmm. Well, you could only photograph a small amount of Alaska in 2 weeks, but it would be worth the trip nonetheless. I would probably pick June, July, or August. We have the lovely long light days then. Also, our trees do not get their leaves until toward end of May and flower beds are not overflowing til in June. Our winter color-starved eyes are more than ready for flowers by first of June, so the municipal and private greenhouses start raising things several months earlier than that so that when June comes, and hopefully the danger of frost is past, there are tons of ready blooming flowers to set out.
I am not aware of any ‘tours’ specifically for photo taking, but I think if I were you, I’d just come on up during the summer months and then pick up some visitor’s guides and a rental car and have at it! In two weeks time you could go from down at Seward and Homer, up thru Anchorage and then to Denali Park and on to Fairbanks. Oh, but you’d need a bit of a side trip to Valdez. It is so incredible there. They call it “Little Switzerland” as these tall, alp-like mountains plunge right down into the sea.
You’d have to keep hopping right along to make all those places in two weeks, but you could probably do so. You should be able to photo lots of wildlife also, especially in Denali Park and if you are lucky, Mt. Mc Kinley will show! (The natives call it Denali – the great one!) It is so high that it hides in the clouds if there are any. Well, by whatever name it is a wonderful sight!.
Visitor’s guides can be found at any visitor’s center, and in most of our restaurants, hotels and gift shops during the summer. Hope you go for it! -BJ