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Alaska in June – What to Expect and Where to Go

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Alaska has a special kind of magic in June. The days were long, bathed in the soft glow of the midnight sun in the far north. Landscapes explode with wildflowers and lush greenery, while wildlife flourishes on land and in the surrounding seas.  

Yes, the peak tourist season brings some extra company, but those of us who venture to Alaska in June are in for an unforgettable experience of the Last Frontier at its finest.

Quite overwhelming, right? Don’t worry because we have created this extensive guide that will tell you everything that goes around in Alaska in June. 

Weather Highlights

Weather in Alaska
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From t-shirts to rain gear, when you visit Alaska, pack everything you can. But why? Because Alaska is massive in size which means its weather patterns change depending on where you’re headed. 

Generally, June offers pleasantly mild temperatures.  Southcentral Alaska enjoys average temperatures in the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit, while the Interior often reaches the 70s. 

Southeastern coastal areas tend to be a touch cooler.  While June is a drier period compared to later summer months, you should be prepared for some rain showers regardless of your destination. The smartest approach in Alaska? Layers!

What is the best part of the June trip to Alaska? The extended daylight.  As you travel farther north, the days get longer and longer until you reach the Arctic Circle, where the sun never fully sets. This phenomenon is known as the midnight sun. The benefit? You get endless hours for exploration, and it creates a sense of boundless time.

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A Complete Travel Guide to Alaska in May

Breathtaking Wildlife Encounter

You might not know but Alaska in June is prime time for wildlife encounters. Black and brown bears wake up from deep sleep (hibernation), get out of their winter dens, hungry, and looking for prey. Mothers are often seen playing around with their cubs. 

Whales of different types migrate along the coast, and the sky is filled with a dazzling array of returning birds. To view Alaskan wildlife, visit the following spots:

Denali National Park

A moose standing in front of a road in Denali National Park
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It’s home to North America’s highest peak, Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley). The park reflects the wilderness of Alaska. The lush green forests, massive glaciers, and tundra add to its beauty. It offers opportunities for wildlife viewing, including wolves, grizzly bears, moose, and Dall sheep. 

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Things to do In Denali National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

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Located on the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Fjords National Park is known for its stunning fjords, glaciers, and coastal landscapes. It offers boat tours to see tidewater glaciers calving into the sea and spot marine wildlife like whales, sea otters, and seabirds. You go hiking to access scenic viewpoints. 

Katmai National Park

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This wildlife spot, Katmai National Park, is known for its large population of brown bears and the iconic Brooks Falls, where bears gather to catch salmon during the summer. You can enjoy various activities there, such as bear viewing, fishing, hiking, and wilderness camping. It features incredible landscapes, including mountains, volcanoes, rivers, and lakes. 

McNeil River State Game Sanctuary

A brown bear in McNeil River State Sanctuary, Alaska
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Another popular tourist spot, McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, is known for its high concentration of brown bears, particularly during the salmon spawning season. The best part? You can encounter these majestic creatures personally in their natural habitat. 

Admiralty Island

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This island in Southeast Alaska, Admiralty, boasts a remarkably dense brown bear population. It is often referred to as the “Fortress of the Bears”. It has a thick forest that receives a lot of rain year-round, and its coastline is rough and wild. Wildlife like salmon and bald eagles lay their eggs in the rivers. 

You can get to Admiralty Island by taking a boat or a small plane from Juneau, the capital of Alaska. It’s not easy to get to, but that’s what makes it so special.

Pro Tip:

Remember, Alaska’s wildlife is precious and deserves our respect. Always maintain a safe distance, never feed the animals, and follow all national park or sanctuary guidelines.

Outdoor Activities for Everyone

June opens the doors to Alaska’s boundless outdoor adventures. Whether you’re an avid hiker or prefer a leisurely scenic cruise, there’s something here to ignite your adventurous spirit.

Hiking

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Locations: Denali National Park, Chugach State Park (near Anchorage), Tongass National Forest and Kenai Fjords National Park

When June arrives in Alaska, it’s like a call to adventure for all of us. The days-long into the evening, inviting you to hit the trails and discover the state’s wild side. Whether you’re up for a leisurely family stroll or a more challenging trek through rugged terrain, Alaska has trails for every level of hiker.

Kayaking/Boating

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Locations: Kenai Fjords National Park, Inside Passage, Prince William Sound, and Glacier Bay National Park

With calm seas and abundant daylight in June, it’s the perfect time to go on a kayaking or boating expedition. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, there’s something magical about exploring Alaska’s waters by kayak.

However, avoid going for a Kayaking adventure by yourself. Hire guides because guided tours provide not just safety and instruction but also a chance to learn about the rich history and diverse wildlife of the region.

Fishing

A man holding a fish and standing in front of a lake in Alaska
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Locations: Kenai River, Bristol Bay, Cook Inlet, and Ketchikan (known as the “Salmon Capital of the World”)

June marks the beginning of the fishing season there. It’s the best time to go fishing in Alaska. The diverse range of species you will find during the month is incredible. From giant Halibut to all types of Salmon, you can find it all. 

Flightseeing

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Locations: Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau Icefield, and Inside Passage

Alaska offers a wide range of flightseeing destinations. Flightseeing takes you to places where roads can’t be reached. You can land on remote lakes, touch down on a glacier, or spot brown bears roaming in secluded areas – the possibilities are vast.

Essential Planning Tips for Your June Trip

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Pack the Layers: Alaska’s weather changes quickly. Pack for warm days, cool nights, and rainy possibilities with layers of clothing. Think fleeces, raincoats, and moisture-wicking base layers.

Bug Battlers: Mosquitos are at their peak in June, especially inland. Pack powerful insect repellent, consider head nets for severe areas, and wear light-colored long sleeves/pants when possible.

Book Activities Early: June marks the start of peak season. Book popular bear-viewing tours, fishing charters, glacier cruises, and flightseeing adventures well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Secure Your Stay: Accommodations fill up quickly, especially in popular areas like Denali National Park or Seward. Book your hotels, lodges, or cabins in advance to ensure you have a comfortable place to rest.

Midnight Sun Strategy: The long daylight hours are amazing but can disrupt sleep. Bring an eye mask if you’re sensitive to light, and create a “bedtime” routine to help you wind down.

Wildlife Wonders: June is prime time for spotting bears, whales, moose, and more! Research wildlife hotspots and follow park guidelines for respectful viewing.

Hike Prepared:  Choose trails that fit your fitness level, pack plenty of water and snacks, and never hike alone. Let someone know your trekking plans and expected return time.

Accept the Unexpected: Alaska is an adventure! Road closures, unpredictable weather, and changes in plans can happen. Be flexible and patient – it’s part of the experience.

Explore Beyond the Crowds: While popular spots are stunning, consider lesser-known destinations or visit early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid peak visitor times.

Capture the Memories: Pack a good camera (and extra batteries) to immortalize the magnificent scenery and wildlife.

End Note

Scenic View of Alaska
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June is a magical time to visit Alaska. The days are long, the wildlife is active, and there are so many adventures waiting for you. My first trip in June was amazing – I saw bears catching salmon, the midnight sun, and I felt like I was in the true heart of wild Alaska.  So, pack your layers, get ready to explore, and make your incredible memories!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is June a good time to visit Alaska?

The summer months of May through September are the ideal times to travel to Alaska. There will be 16–24 hours of daylight, temperatures in the 60s to low 70s, blooming leaves and flowers, flowing rivers, and the best chance to see wildlife.

2. How cold is Alaska during June?

September sees mild temperatures, with highs close to 60 degrees. June through August typically sees lows in the mid-to upper-40s. In Southeast Alaska, gales can occur in any month of the year, with the lowest likelihood of windy days occurring in June and July.

3. How crowded is Alaska in June?

June typically has warm, sunny weather with very few days of rain. Although June is seen as the beginning of the summer, there are still plenty of bargains to be had on airlines, hotels, and rental vehicles, but the number of travelers is significantly lower than in July.

4. Can I see the northern lights in Alaska in June?

Indeed, although not during the summer, you may view the northern lights, also called the aurora borealis, from Anchorage. In reality, auroras happen all year long, but visibility requires a clear, dark sky. April through September offer the greatest views. The best time to watch it is in the winter.

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