Things To Do In Anchorage This Fall

Things To Do In Anchorage This Fall

Some travelers think that summer is the only time you can visit Alaska. We say that fall is actually one of the best times to visit, especially Anchorage. The small towns near Anchorage, like Palmer and Wasilla, are great places to spend a relaxing and quiet fall vacation close to attractions in Anchorage. Here are some of the best Anchorage fall activities to check off your list.

See the Northern lights

The best times to view the Northern lights are fall, winter, and early spring between 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Fall is the first time the skies start to get darker and you can see the beautiful lights span across an inky Alaskan sky. The northern lights happen when electrically¬†charged particles from the sun enter the earth’s atmosphere and hit the magnetic fields at the poles. Venture out to Trunk road that runs from Wasilla to Palmer to get the best views without light pollution. Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages is also on the same road if you’re on the hunt for accommodations near Anchorage.

Attend an Oktoberfest event

There are several German descendants in Anchorage that love to celebrate Oktoberfest in the fall. The German Club always puts on an event with plenty of beer, live music, and German food. You can also ride the Great Alaska Beer Train through Alaska Railroad. The trip takes you from Anchorage to Portage and includes six half pints of Glacier BrewHouse beer, a multi course dinner from Glacier BrewHouse, and other beers for purchase.

Take an Anchorage ghost tour

Get in the Halloween spirit with an Anchorage ghost tour. Every city has haunted sites and Anchorage has plenty of stories to tell. Your tour guide will take you¬†through downtown alleys and bars including the Anchor Pub & Club where you may see the Friday Night Man. You’ll also get to see the very haunted Historic Anchorage Hotel and, who knows, maybe you’ll see a spirit with your own eyes.

Take a self-guided fall color tour

Anchorage is a great place to see fall colors because the glacier and mountain backdrops make for an even more beautiful scenery. The trails around Eagle River, the Seward Highway, and Psalm Lake are all great spots to see the colors. Moose also love to munch on the crunchy leaves so its a great time to get some wildlife viewing in too.