Alaska in July
As the summer season reaches its July peak, so does the excitement around Alaska’s endless adventures. With extended daylight hours and abundant wildlife spotting opportunities, July is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the 49th state.
The Midnight Sun
During July, Alaska experiences incredibly long daylight hours, providing an extended window each day for visitors to enjoy the outdoors. While that’s especially true in the northern part of the state, even areas like Anchorage and Denali serve up lots of daylight and only a few hours of darkness. Take advantage by indulging in various adventures and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Weather and What to Wear for a July Vacation
July brings some of the warmest temperatures to Alaska, but the summer does get rainier as it progresses. In Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska, expect milder temperatures ranging from 55ºF to 70ºF (13ºC to 21ºC). Fairbanks and the rest of Interior Alaska experience warmer and drier conditions, with average temperatures of 60ºF to 80ºF (15ºC to 27ºC). Southeast Alaska, including Juneau and Ketchikan, tends to be milder and wetter, with temperatures around 55ºF to 65ºF (13ºC to 18ºC) and frequent rain showers. Anytime you visit Alaska, it’s necessary to pack layers. Since July can be quite warm, bring shorts and sandals! And don’t forget a rain layer, especially if you’re visiting toward the end of the month.
July is a great month to view wildlife in Alaska because summer is in full swing. On the water, be on the lookout for orcas, humpbacks, sea otters, sea lions, and a variety of shorebirds. On land, keep your eyes peeled for Alaska’s Big 5: moose, bears, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves.
July is a particularly special month to go bear-viewing. Mid-July marks the largest congregation of brown bears at Brooks Falls—the famous scene where you can watch these majestic creatures swatting at salmon as they make their way upstream.
Hiking, Rafting, Kayaking, and More
July is an amazing month for hikers. Snow and ice at the higher elevations have mostly melted, and Alaska’s landscapes open up for hikers and backpackers. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, Alaska’s wilderness has something for everyone. Check out our list of trails around the state.
Festivals and Cultural Events
July is festival month in Alaska. During your visit, there’s bound to be at least one opportunity for you to immerse yourself in Alaska’s vibrant culture. Celebrate Independence Day at the iconic Mount Marathon Race in Seward, where athletes from around the world conquer a steep and rugged course. Or enjoy the local community 4th of July parades held throughout the state. Other July favorites include the Girdwood Forest Fair and the Copper River Salmon Jam.
You’ll find plenty of deep-sea charters to go angling for huge halibut. In rivers, you can fish for sockeye salmon, king salmon, Dolly Varden, and rainbow trout. See our list of recommended charters.
Tours and Activities
Summer visitor services are open in all of the national parks in July, and it’s a great month to explore trails in the parks. Browse our Parks & Public Lands page for tips on how to visit.
Planning and Tips
July is part of the peak tourist season in Alaska, so planning ahead is essential to ensure availability and make the most of your trip. Book accommodations and activities in advance to secure your desired experiences and make the most of your trip!
July Trip Ideas By Car
Exploring Alaska by car gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace. Here are some great sample itineraries for a July vacation:
July Trip Ideas for Railroad Tours, Guided Tours, and Cruises
With the planning done for you, you can sit back, relax, and take in the beauty of Alaska.