Alaska Nature September 14, 2017
Here Are The Best Times And Places To View Fall Foliage In Alaska
Since it is farthest to the north, autumn comes earlier to Alaska than elsewhere in the U.S. In August, when it seems that the rest of the world is sweltering in high summer temperatures, cool breezes are already blowing. To see the glory that is Alaska in the fall, start up above the Arctic Circle in northern Alaskan and head south throughout the month of September to see it all. Stay one step ahead of the first snow and you will see the most colorful and vibrant leaves. Here is one great place in each region to see fall colors in Alaska.
Arctic Region -
In Brooks Range up in northern Alaska, snow often begins falling in August. To catch the tundra in it's gorgeous autumn form, head up in early August. The hillsides begins to turn to gold at the start of the month and by September, it is often winter. The average date of the first snowfall in Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow, typically occurs near Aug. 23.
Atigun Pass is a 4,739 feet high mountain pass in the Brooks Range. It is the only pass with a road maintained year round. This area is beautiful to visit for the fall colors in early August, and you may see Dall sheep and mountain goats as well!
Interior Region - Denali Park Road
Denali National Park, while always gorgeous, is especially so in the fall. With the blend of the golden hills of rolling tundra and the forested areas exploding in reds, the views are breathtaking.
In the fall Denali’s landscape blushes red as the leaves of dwarf birch, a common shrub, change to a bright red before falling. Take the bus up the Denali Park Road, or win the access lottery to drive your own car.
Southcentral Region - Chickaloon
Fall comes to the Southcentral region and the greater Anchorage area in mid-September and on through October. The summer warmth lingers a little longer as you travel south.
Chickaloon is at Mile 76 of the Glenn Highway and is surrounded by the Talkeetna and Chugach mountains with the majestic Matanuska River. This is a glorious spot to see the fall colors in Southcentral Alaska.
Southwest Region - Uganik River, Kodiak
The winter comes for us all and even the emerald isle of Kodiak succumbs to autumn breezes and colder temperatures. The cool breezes turn the trees gold and red in Kodiak in September and October.
It's never a bad idea to visit Kodiak, but the fall foliage is a great reason to make the journey. Uganik in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful place to see the fall colors in Southwest Alaska.
Southeast Region - Sheep Creek
Autumn comes to Southeast Alaska latest of all, beginning in September and ending in late October. The forests are lush temperate rainforests with western red cedar and sitka spruce which remain evergreen. The shrubs and smaller plants at higher elevations do display beautiful fall colors.
At the higher elevations, blueberries are everywhere with their bright red bushes in the fall.
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Do you know a great place to see the fall colors in Alaska? Tell us about it in the comments below.