How is Alaska in June?


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In June, Alaska has temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the night. June is characterized by relatively dry weather, blooming flowers and the longest days, with up to 19 hours of sunlight.

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June not only has the longest hours of sunlight and some of the warmest weather, but it is also considered the best time to visit Alaska. Heavy tourism runs through July to August, making June the prime time to visit to avoid crowds while still enjoying great weather.

June in Alaska also offers opportunities for visitors to view nature. During this time, killer whales and humpback whales migrate through the Inside Passage. The tundra also starts to melt, providing tourists with hiking opportunities. June is also when the Midnight Sun Festival is held in Fairbanks, Alaska, on the longest day of the year from noon until midnight. It features live music, food stalls and craft vendors over a three-city-block area. More than 30 live bands play on three stages simultaneously.

However, the Northern Lights do not make an appearance until December, and they end in March. Opportunities to watch the bears fishing for salmon from the river also aren't available until a few weeks later, in July.

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