Anchorage Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Anchorage

Summer is the best time to visit Anchorage, as you'll find the nicest weather, clear skies and roughly 460 flower beds in bloom. The views alone are well worth a trip, but don't expect swimsuit weather; the average summer temperature stays in the low 70s. For bearable temperatures and fewer crowds, consider visiting during the pleasant (albeit brief) spring or fall. If you can brave the cold, wintering in Anchorage isn't so bad. Winter sports opportunities here are phenomenal, and you'll surely see the Northern Lights.

Weather in Anchorage

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Average Precipitation (in)
0.75
0.71
0.59
0.47
0.71
0.98
1.81
3.27
2.99
2.05
1.14
1.1
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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March-May

Springtime in Anchorage is sweet yet fickle. Average highs tend to fluctuate between 34 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit, while evening temperatures often fall below freezing. Pack plenty of layers. That warning aside, spring is a great time to take advantage of both the city and the nearby wilderness: Crowds are few, precipitation is uncommon and sunlight is prevalent.

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June-August

With average highs in the mid-60s to low 70s, summer is the most popular time to visit Anchorage. The City of Lights and Flowers is in full bloom, and long periods of daylight (an average of about 18 hours of sunlight) make a leisurely hike that much more inviting. However, this is the peak season. Anchorage is frequented by cruise lines, and disembarking passengers can make the city seem crowded. Make sure to book your hotel at least a month in advance to ensure availability.

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September-October

Like spring, fall sees drastic shifts in weather. High temperatures swing from 55 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the month. Autumn also experiences a fairly high amount of precipitation, so be prepared for some cold, rainy days. However, in September, you'll experience Anchorage without the heavy crowds or the really chilly weather.

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November-February

It takes a brave traveler to head north during the winter months, especially since average high temperatures settle in the low to mid-20s. But those of you willing to take on the daunting weather will find there's a payoff: Winter sports conditions are ideal, and you won't have to battle fellow tourists for a spot on the slopes or in the hotels. This is also the perfect time for those of you hoping to catch a glimpse of the illustrious Northern Lights. Just make sure to pack plenty of warm clothing.

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Popular Times to Visit Anchorage

Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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