At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we’ve helped countless people reconnect with nature by experiencing the jaw-dropping beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. The majority of our guests plan their Alaskan wilderness vacation in the summer, and there’s good reason for that. But contrary to what many believe, summer isn’t the only time you can plan an Alaskan vacation. It’s true, you may have to brave slightly cooler temperatures – but visiting our wilderness resort in the fall can be a truly magical experience.

Reasons to Visit Alaska During Fall

In Kodiak, AL, the fall is a shoulder season. Summer is by far the most popular time to visit while winter is mostly for the braver crowd – but fall can provide a wonderful balance between the two. If you’re itching to get away and experience the majesty of nature in its purest form, here are a few reasons to plan your Alaskan wilderness vacation for this fall:

  • Watch the Leaves Turn: The changing of the leaves is a spectacle in many areas of North America, but there’s something special about it in Alaska. Instead of deciduous trees, much of the changing fall foliage in Alaska takes place in meadows. Riverside mosses glow a vibrant green, berries ripen, and underbrush provides bursts of warm autumn colors, making for a uniquely beautiful fall landscape.
  • Thinner Crowds: While Alaska is still beautiful in fall, it’s a much less popular time for tourists. This means crowds will be sparser during the fall, allowing you to experience the Kodiak Archipelago closer to its natural state.
  • Meet Locals: Another little-known fact is that fall is the season when locals often travel in Alaska. This means you’re much more likely to make friends with a native Alaskan when visiting in the fall, and who knows – you might be convinced to spend some more time here yourself.
  • Excellent Wildlife Sightings: Fall marks the last flurry of activity in the animal kingdom before the long white winter sets in, and as a visitor, that’s a good thing. You’re likely to catch glimpses of deer, elk, small game, and the great Kodiak Brown Bear as they all scurry to get their fill of food before winter.

Plan Your Alaska Wilderness Vacation

While summer may be prime time for visiting the Kodiak Islands, fall offers beauty and charm all its own – and if you’d like to plan your own fall Alaska adventure, we’d love to help. Contact us today to learn more about our wilderness lodge and discuss your plans for a visit. We can’t wait to hear from you!