23 Gorgeous Spots To See Fall Foliage That Will Show You Alaska Like Never Before
There is a joke in Alaska that makes reference to the fact that we really only have two seasons; winter and summer. But the truth is that we actually have arguably the most spectacular fall season in the entire world. From the leaves changing colors on the trees to the tundra turning bright red and lighting up entire mountainsides, our autumn season may be short, but it sure does pack a mean dose of magical eye-candy. If you’re scratching your head wondering where to see fall foliage in Alaska, then you need to head to any of these 23 gorgeous spots to see for yourself!
1. Denali National Park and the Alaska Range
When you have 6 million acres of parkland, it's impossible to show just one photo of how brilliant the fall foliage is. If you go just one place this fall, head to Denali and soak in the most epic proportions of autumn ambiance. Read more when you check out this article about the autumn colors in Denali by
2. Kenai River
This 82-mile-long river that runs through the towns of Cooper Landing, Sterling, Soldotna and Kenai is filled with brilliant fall colors at every single twist and turn. Fall in Alaska never looked so good! The area has
awesome fishing charters and adventures
in the fall.
3. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Trail Creek is just one of the many areas in this 13.2-million-acre national park where you can experience a renowned amount of fall foliage. Have your cameras ready! Check out this
to experiencing the best the park has to offer.
4. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve – Seward Peninsula
As one of the most remote national parks in the U.S., this special spot has the most untouched and glorious fall foliage that you will ever come across in your lifetime. Learn more about the beautiful
Bering Land Bridge
5. Tongass National Forest - Southeast Alaska
17 million acres of brilliant fall colors in Alaska. It doesn't get much better than this! Learn more about the autumn colors on the muskeg in the Tongass National Forest
6. Pilgrim Hot Springs – Nome
Because there is nothing quite like enjoying the crisp fall air and stunning fall foliage while keeping warm in a natural hot spring. Many people don’t realize that this is one of the most beautiful places in the fall in Alaska. Learn about this beautiful spot on
7. Seward - Kenai Peninsula
Once the tourism traffic slows down and the seasonal workers head out of state, the small coastal town of Seward on the edge of the Kenai Fjords National Park comes alive with stunning fall colors lining the mountain sides. Find out
four reasons why fall is the best time to visit Seward
8. Bonnie Lake – Chickaloon
Located off the Glenn Highway, this little lake is close to town yet it will make you feel a million miles away from it all. Read more about how
autumn in Chickaloon
is a great place to visit!
Head down Stampede Trail or just about any other road in this tiny town for an unbelievable amount of fall colors lining each side of the road. Read about some
great things to do in Healy
during the autumn season!
10. Uganik River – Kodiak
Located in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, you'll have excellent opportunities to view massive bears and bald eagles flying above, all while soaking in the beautiful fall foliage.
Afognak Wilderness Lodge
has a great resource for traveling through Kodiak Island during the autumn season.
Located in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area with a population of around 30 residents, you're sure to be overrun by adorable amounts of wildlife mixed in with all the beautiful fall colors. Spend the night at T
for a chance to experience the gorgeous autumn scenery.
12. Anywhere along the Dalton Highway
This 414-mile-long road that begins at the Elliott Highway just north of Fairbanks, and ends at Deadhorse near the Arctic Ocean, is lined with fall foliage just about the whole way. It will certainly keep your eyes busy while you make the long trek up north. Take this
in the fall to experience a landscape few people ever see!
13. Eagle River
Located just outside of Anchorage, you'll find tons of fall foliage in Eagle River whether you're driving or hiking on one of the many easily accessible trails.
Eagle River Nature Center
offers up to date information on the trails in the area.
14. Matanuska River
This 75-mile-long river is lined with stunning colors of fall. From the riverbanks to high up on the mountains surrounding the river. Check out these
great fall drives
to do if you’re visiting the area.
15. Anywhere along the Glenn Highway
The 179-mile Glenn Highway is sure to be filled with lots of fall foliage as well as a decent amount of wildlife in the distance. It will be hard to keep your eyes on the road! This
autumn road trip
is a must do during the fall season.
16. Anywhere in the interior, really.
17. Falls Creek – Indian
As you head south from Anchorage on the Seward Highway and just before you reach the town of Girdwood, you will find this small town with tons hiking trails and roadside pullouts with incredible opportunities to view fall foliage. This
Is a must do if you want to get out and see the fall colors along the highway.
18. Itivlik Lake – Brooks Range
This epic mountain range stretching 700 miles from east to west is filled with an abundant amount of breathtaking fall foliage. NASA took an incredible satellite photo of the northern Brooks Range in
full autumn color
19. Kenai Lake - Cooper Landing
As you drive on the Sterling Highway and even before you hit the bridge taking you into Cooper Landing, you'll be surrounded by a fascinating amount of fall foliage. If you want to see photos of this great landscape, head on over to
to see a great spread of autumn colors.
20. Tern Lake – Chugach National Forest
If you can't decide whether to continue on to Seward or the town of Cooper Landing, just stop at Tern Lake for a while to ponder your options while overlooking the breathtaking fall foliage. Learn more about the
area and the beautiful options it offers.
21. Psalm Lake – Chugiak
Right on the edge of Alaska's largest city of Anchorage is this peaceful little spot that is perfect to unwind and decompress from the busy day you had. Read about how the citizens of Chugiak enjoy the autumn season in the
Chugiak-Eagle River Star
22. Klutina River
This 63-mile-long tributary of the Copper River is lined with fall foliage from start to finish. You will fall madly in love with the seclusion and the beauty that surrounds you! There’s a great
you can explore that will take you through the autumn colors.
23. Moose Pass - Seward Highway
Just about anywhere from Anchorage to Seward along the Seward Highway offers phenomenal views of fall foliage this time of year. Another great spot to visit if you’re wondering where to see fall foliage in Alaska! Learn more about the
cute town of Moose Pass
and all the wonderful things you can do there!
If you’ve been wondering where to see fall foliage in Alaska, we hope this helps! Have you ever been to any of these great spots? What did you think? Which one would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below!
If you thought that was a big dose of eye-candy, check out
this natural phenomenon that happens just once a year in Alaska. It is truly remarkable!
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Where To See Fall Foliage In Alaska
Is autumn a good season to visit Alaska?
Yes! There are so many wonderful things to do during the fall season in Alaska. The leaves are changing colors in a spectacular burst, the nights are cooler and the sunlight is lessening, offering the opportunity to see the aurora borealis. And the best part? Prices are dropping and it is easier and cheaper to travel throughout the entire state. It’s not too cold yet, and most attractions are open through mid-end of September. It’s a wonderful time of year to get out and explore all of the beauty that Alaska has to offer!