A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
Anchorage: 36°/52°/Mostly cloudy
Fairbanks: 32°/55°/Partly sunny
Be weather wise and clothing conscious on your visit.
Expecting to see igloos when you visit Alaska? You'll have to look long and hard to find them.
Although Alaska is home to lots of ice and snow, summer warms up quite nicely.
Protected by the Chugach Mountains and the Alaska Range and warmed by Pacific Ocean currents, Anchorage has a temperate maritime climate. Summer temperatures can reach into the high 70s. Low humidity also contributes to Anchorage's comfortable climate.
Because temperatures can vary greatly, clothing selection is important when you're visiting Alaska. One word of advice: layers. Always dress in layers, whether you're hiking or just walking around town.
Even in the summer, bring a jacket to slip on when the sun slides behind the clouds. If you're planning a strenuous activity, consider dressing in something other than cotton. Clothing that wicks moisture away from the body and has the potential to dry quickly can be a real asset in Alaska's wilderness.
Temperatures in Interior Alaska usually get higher than in Anchorage or other coastal areas. Fairbanks' average high is 70 degrees in June, 72 degrees in July and 66 degrees in August.
Average high temperatures in Anchorage(F)
January: 25 degrees
February: 27 degrees
March: 35 degrees
April: 45 degrees
May: 55 degrees
June: 62 degrees
July: 65 degrees
August: 64 degrees
September: 55 degrees
October: 42 degrees
November: 28 degrees
December: 21 degrees
Pack your sunglasses and your watch, because these daylight extremes may throw you off.
A common notion about Alaska is that the whole state goes dark in the winter and has endless sunlight in the summer. That's not quite the case.
Barrow, at the very top of the state, has a two-month winter period in which the sun doesn't rise. But that's the extreme, and winter's long nights get shorter the farther south you go. South of the Arctic Circle, every place has sunlight at least part of the day.
In the summer, all of Arctic Alaska gets 24-hour sunlight for at least one day at the solstice. Barrow has continuous daylight for 85 days. South of the circle, every town has a night every day, even if it's quite brief.
Long dawns and dusks can make the day appear longer than it actually is. Even as far south as Anchorage, it's possible to read a newspaper outdoors at 2 a.m. -- two hours after sunset -- in the days around the summer solstice.
This summer, solstice occurs at 3:28 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time on June 21. The winter solstice occurs at 2:38 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Dec. 21.