Alaska may not be as renowned a leaf-peeping destination as New England, but autumn in Alaska is pretty spectacular. It starts mid-August and lasts until mid- or late September—and you’ll be blown away. The birch and aspen leaves blanket the mountains in shimmering gold, while above treeline, the tundra turns bright red. As a bonus, fall means that it gets dark enough at night to see the Northern Lights!
Tip: Want to see the Northern Lights but don’t want to deal with snow? Visit mid-August through mid-September. You’ll catch the tail end of summer tours, but also have the chance to witness the dazzling lights of the aurora borealis.
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