We recently planned a honeymoon to Alaska and it got us thinking about how now is the perfect time to visit the 49th state rightly nicknamed “The Last Frontier”.
Alaska has two main travel seasons, both attractive to honeymooners. Summer season, which is peak season, is May to September. This is when you can take advantage of endless hours of daylight and have greater accessibility for hiking, visiting national parks, cruising near glaciers, and seeing wildlife. Winter season is mid-November to March and has its benefits as well if you love winter activities like skiing, ice skating, sledding, or are looking to hop on the Alaskan Railroad.
For those considering this destination, we recommend a minimum of 10 days to 14 days for your travels. This time frame allows for flexibility in scheduling and time to see more of the state – which is bigger than you might imagine!
Here are our top 5 reasons to Honeymoon in Alaska:
1. Wildlife – The wildlife of Alaska is diverse and abundant. Alaska contains about 98% of the U.S. brown bear population and 70% of the total North American population! The best place to see the animals in their natural habitat is Denali National Park and Preserve which encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness. With terrain of tundra, spruce forest, and glaciers, the park is home to so much wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and dall sheep to name a few. Popular activities in summer include biking, backpacking, hiking, and mountaineering.
2. The Northern Lights – When you think of where to visit to see the northern lights, I bet Alaska is not first on your list but mother nature puts on a beautiful show every year between mid-September and late April and peaking in March. Six hours north of Anchorage in the city of Fairbanks is often cited as the best place to see the Northern Lights in the United States. It’s home to the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which issues forecasts on Aurora viewing conditions. If you’re lucky, you’ll even hear the crackling of the late-night atmospheric phenomenon. Also, not a bad proposal spot? We love helping your significant others with planning the perfect engagement-moons too!
3. Endless Adventure – Alaska provides you with a one-of-a-kind honeymoon experience offering you all the thrill and seclusion you seek. What doesn’t it have? One very special experience could be a small ship glacier cruise onboard a 12-person yacht with expert guides in Prince William Sound which has over 150 glaciers. The ice that a boat skipper can gather from the icebergs to chill a pre-dinner cocktail is a very special treat. How often do you lift a toast with centuries-old ice? Despite the cold waters, the Sound has a thriving marine ecosystem where you are almost certain to encounter whales, sea otters, dall porpoise, seals, and other wildlife. If you are brave enough, you might well find yourself paddling a kayak across crystal clear waters filled with schools of salmon happy to have made it home from the sea.
4. World-Class Fishing – Fishing in Alaska is the angler’s dream come true. Alaska’s oceans, rivers, and lakes are teeming with huge runs of record-breaking Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Halibut, and many other challenging sport fish. Alaska, home to five species of Pacific Salmon, holds the world record for the King Salmon. Alaska Freshwater Fish awaits you in the most spectacular setting on earth. Have your guides pack your catch and send back home for you to keep in the freezer for fresh fish for a year from 1 fish!
5. Endless Sun in the Summertime – Alaska receives more sunlight in spring and summer than any other state and many other parts of the world. because the sun travels in a slanting 360-degree circle in the sky, so even if it’s below the horizon, it’s barely below it for a long period! This means your daily adventures will only stop when you say it’s time to rest. Most hotels in Alaska feature blackout shades on the windows, so the midnight sun shouldn’t bother you. Once you’re up, take advantage of all that sun by renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and floating the tranquil Chena River.