Best Time to See Wildlife in Alaska

Posted on Thursday, July 09, 2015

It's not surprising that in the land that has the biggest bears in the world, the largest salmon, the greatest gathering of bald eagles and more than half the world's humpback whale population, you'd find this kind of spectacular wilderness.  View with your own eyes the most dramatic scenery and the most abundant marine life and wildlife in the world on your Alaska cruise or land tour.

When is the best time to see Wildlife in Alaska?

That all depends on what you want to see!

Whales can usually be seen June through September.  You may see Humpback, Beluga, Orcas, Sea Otters, Beavers, Dolphin and Harbour Porpoises.

Salmon spawn late July and August so your chance of seeing bears improves these months. Bald eagles also feed on salmon, so this time is also great for bird watching. Other types of birds include hawks, puffin, ducks and loons. Wildflowers also bloom in late July/August.

Early June there is more wildlife viewing as young are born, and migrating to better feeding areas in the summer. If you are interested in seeing other wildlife such as Moose, Caribou, Dall sheep, Arctic Fox, mountain goats and bears, try to extend your stay to include a few nights in Anchorage or Denali National Park.  

Summer Solstice is June 21st, which is the longest day of the year. Many festivals are held throughout Alaska.

To avoid Alaska mosquitoes, travel in late July or early August. The evenings are normally a bit colder, which ward off the bugs.

Alaska for Families

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010

What was once a one-time adult experience has become a repeat vacation for all ages. In the mists of Alaska, gigantic glaciers calve with a rumble that vibrates inside the bodies of the cruisers who witness it, building to a roar and a crash as the blue ice meets the sea. Pods of orcas play, sea otters float on their backs and the mountain ranges extend to eternity. It's a real learning opportunity. Humanity is the exception to the rule in the wilderness. And it is the universal appeal of the spectacular beauty and otherness of Alaska-coupled with its quality as an adventurous destination-that has made it particularly attractive to families. Families particularly enjoy rafting or visiting sled dogs in a mushers camp and in Ketchikan, the trip to the Tlingit totem carvers ends up with an invitation for members of the audience to wear ceremonial clothing and participate in tribal dance.

Park rangers and Native Americans also come on board to interpret the glaciers and explain the Alaskan way of life to children and adults, and several cruise lines bring local storytellers and Alaskan craftsmen on the ships. All ships make sure aspects of its kids and teen programs offer a real insight into Alaska's biology, culture and history.

Formerly considered a once-in-a-lifetime destination, Alaska has become a repeat vacation. The memories are fantastic. There's such an adventure component and something for every age group. The scenery is remarkable and the animals along the inside passage relate to what the children are seeing on television and at Sea World.
Princess has newly announced a 12 night cruise tours for families - a seven night Voyage of the Glaciers with a five night land tour that includes a night at Mount McKinley, two nights in Denali Park and two in Fairbanks, plus a jet-boat ride and panning for gold-offered at a 25% discount for all berths. Transportation to the land tours is exciting in itself, with grizzlies and caribou spotted from the trains.

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