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7 Great Reasons to Visit Alaska in August

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1. Get Shoulder-Season Deals While the Weather’s Still Nice
Even though the Alaska climate is quite pleasant in late August, many day-tour companies and hotels offer shoulder-season rates – helping you save from 10% to 25%. Since temperatures generally range from 40 to 70 degrees, you’ll really enjoy exploring!


2. Grab All the Blueberries You Can Eat
Alaskan blueberries are larger than most, and they have the highest levels of antioxidants. Best of all, August blueberries are at the peak of ripeness. You can find them at Alyeska Resort, where you can go for a pie-eating contest, blueberry stroll, and a chance to sample many unique blueberry flavors. On the first Saturday of August, you can also enjoy your blueberries with a heaping side of arts and crafts at Ketchikan’s Blueberry Arts Festival.


3. Enjoy Family Fun at the Alaska State Fair
One of the largest state fairs in the country with almost 300,000 visitors each year, the Alaska State Fair has tons to offer. Top musical acts perform, and there’s the artery-clogging, insanely delicious fair food – from crab cakes to donut burgers. Vegetables are the biggest draw, because Alaska’s non-stop summer sunshine produces immense growth. The Great Cabbage Weigh-Off began in 1941. In 2012, a cabbage weighing just over 138 pounds won the contest, setting a new world record.  


4. Catch Your Own Salmon Dinner
80% of the world’s wild salmon comes from Alaska, and August is an excellent time to catch the pink fish. Salmon rushes through Alaska’s rivers between May and October, and you can still catch king salmon in the Pacific Ocean. Stay at Kodiak Island Resort on remote Kodiak Island, famed for its fishing, and you can net three- to five-pound pink salmon and silver salmon.


5. Take a Close-Up Look at the Whales
Juneau, Alaska’s capital, is one of the best spots in the world to catch a glimpse of humpback whales and orcas. Humpback whales often remain in the area until early September, and Juneau Whale Watch is so confident you’ll see whales in August, they even give a money-back guarantee if you miss them.   


6. Go Hiking on a Glacier
August is the perfect time to discover the frozen wonderland of glaciers. Glacier hiking companies close in early September, so August is your last chance to walk on the ice.


7. See the Aurora Borealis
The Northern Lights are the best! In August, it’s easy to see the aurora borealis in the Alaskan skies. While winter is the very best time to see the Lights, it’s dark enough in late August to see the gorgeous green and blue glow in the sky.


Make Alaska in August your next amazing vacation!



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City Slicker

Stunning...... From the things I have seen and read, Alaska is the best great outdoorsy place to be! One day I hope to make it there! Thanks for such a great pic.

Nationally Recognized

Good ideas! I will definitely visit Alaska sometime!

Stately Explorer
@mastiffs10 and @Lucky15, Whale watching in Juneau, Alaska sounds incredible. I hope to make it there one day, too. Glad you both enjoyed the article! 
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