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. 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.
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.
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!
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.
5. Tongass National Forest - Southeast Alaska
17 million acres of brilliant fall colors. It doesn't get much better than this!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
16. Anywhere in the interior, really.
Wide open spaces of nothing but spectacular fall colors. The interior is one of a kind!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.