A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
Anchorage: 45°/61°/Mostly cloudy
Fairbanks: 46°/69°/Mostly cloudy
Is Alaska cool or warm in the summer? Rainy or dry? Chances are, it'll be a little bit of everything during your visit.
An August bus ride into Denali National Park, for example, can start out in warm sunshine and reach Eielson Visitor Center in a driving snowstorm.
The suitcase of a well-packed summer traveler will include items to cover most situations.
Long-sleeve shirts -- These provide warmth and general protection against mosquitoes.
Fleece jacket -- This is a versatile item for layering your clothing during cool periods.
Rain jacket and pants -- Chances are good that it'll rain sometime during a weeklong visit. Don't expect prairie-style torrents.
Sturdy socks and good walking shoes-- Many tourist-area trails are covered in asphalt or are boardwalks. But adventurous travelers may want to head up a rocky or muddy trail, of which there are hundreds.
Watch -- During summer's long days, it's easy to lose track of time. Of course, that may be why you're coming to Alaska in the first place.
Sunglasses -- The summer sun rises in the northeast and sets in the northwest, so no matter what you have planned it will involve facing the sun sometime. Anglers and passengers on cruise and tour boats will find sunglasses especially helpful.
A few high-dollar restaurants encourage guests to wear jackets and ties, but you'll be welcome just about anywhere in slacks (and often in jeans).
Around Denali and the other big parks, you're welcome to come as you are.