Apparently, one of the best times to visit Alaska is in the shoulder seasons, May and September according to a Princess Tours site.
September is a prime time to visit Alaska, because Fall comes early to Alaska and many of the deciduous trees are blazing yellow and red by Labor Day. Combine the bright yellow colors of the aspen and willow trees with the blazing red tundra plants and you have the best fall colors experience Alaska has to offer. You will see why Polychrome Pass in Denali National Park earns it name! As a backdrop, the tallest mountains will have fresh snow on their peaks while the lower elevations are still dry. Wildlife search opportunities also improve in late season, as the larger mammals begin feeding in the lower elevations in an attempt to pack on as much winter weight as possible. Weather is characterized by large temperature swings between warm days and chilly nights. In fact, it gets dark enough in the Interior of Alaska to see the Northern Lights!When telling people about our vacation we get two reactions, the excited in wonder friend who thinks it will be beautiful, and then the skeptical friend who hates cruises and think we’re doing an old person’s trip. For those who are cruise haters, let me ask you this, have you ever been on one? I didn’t think so. My dad and I loved them, he used to save up and we’d go on one every few years when I was little. We went on three in total. Also, who cares if the cruise maybe a bit older, we’re not on this trip to spring break it, but to relax and try some adventurous outings. Plus, we figure we better see the glaciers while they are still there. You should see me trying to pack for this trip, I have no concept of weather since moving to L.A. I'll be back with photos! Have a great Labor Day Weekend!