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Alaska has a variable climate depending on the different areas of the state. Summer in Alaska is usually May through September, with May being the driest month. The KOA campgrounds in the Alaskan region are open during the May to September summer time frame and have all the amenities to make your Alaskan Region camping trip great. The winter months are approximately October through March, with snow and temperature variations depending on the area. Spring and fall are short seasons in this region with warm days yet cold nights. Some areas of this region receive very heavy snowfall in the winter while others receive very little.
Alaska is a massive state in size and contains wilderness, wildlife and beauty on a scale just as impressive. Alaska itself has five different regions; the northern Arctic, or Arctic Circle region, the Interior region landlocked in the middle of the state, the Southwest region containing the Kodiak Archipelago and the Aleutian Islands, the Southcentral region containing Anchorage and the Prince William Sound, and the Inside Passage region containing islands, fjords, wildlife, and the state's capital Juneau. The KOA campgrounds in the Alaskan Region are located in the Southcentral area of Alaska around the towns of Homer, Seward and Valdez, and further north near the town of Fairbanks. There are eight National Parks in the Alaskan Region that impress with outstanding scenery and wildlife. However, some are so remote that very few visitors actually get to see these parks. Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic National Parks are in the Arctic Circle and have to be accessed by plane. Denali National Park is within the Interior and Southcentral Alaska regions and is the most visited National Park within Alaska. Denali is the tallest peak in North America at 20,310 feet high. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the largest national park in the United States and is located mostly in the Southcentral area of Alaska with a portion of the park in the Inside Passage area. In the Southcentral area, you can also visit Kenai Fjords National Park and Exit Glacier. Kodiak Island is in the Southwest area of Alaska, where you can visit Katmai National Park and Lake Clark National Park. Glacier Bay National Park is within the Inside Passage area.
Chugach State Park, Anchorage
Denali National Park
Gates of the Artic
Kachemak Bay State Park
Wrangell- St. Elias
With the breathtaking views of mountains, boreal forests and sparkling lakes, you will love camping in Alaska if you're an avid camper or outdoor enthusiast. The state's diverse landscape and wildlife offer incomparable adventure for the whole family. Alaska is an excellent place to camp.
Contrary to popular belief, Alaska experiences all four seasons, not just winter. The best time of year to camp in Alaska depends on what season you want to experience. May through September is peak camping time, with most campgrounds open during the summer months. The frozen lands during the winter have thawed, and all the plants and landscape are green and blooming. You could also camp during the winter, but the weather conditions vary and could be dangerous.
Summertime is also a wonderful time to see diverse wildlife walking around, such as caribou, moose, Dall sheep and bears. You may even have opportunities to see sea lions, seals and humpback whales near the coast.
Many parts of Alaska experience extended periods of daylight or darkness, depending on the season. For example, residents in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, one of the northernmost cities in the state, can have over 60 days of constant darkness during the winter because the sun doesn't rise.
It is easy to camp in Alaska when you stay at Kampgrounds of America. Our campgrounds have everything you need, with access to many amenities to make your camping trip fun and comfortable. Staying at a KOA Campground in Alaska also gives you access to the helpful KOA staff, who love helping you make the most of your trip. Ask them for help with hookups at your campsite or their favorite things to do around the region.
Staying at a campground is ideal when you want comfort, are unfamiliar with Alaska's terrain or are a camping novice. With the facilities and services our campgrounds provide, you have many opportunities to have the full camping experience while also benefiting from the company of others.
You and your family can have a blast while adventuring throughout Alaska. Whether staying near Homer, Seward or Valdez, you have several popular attractions to visit, such as:
Alaska offers many opportunities for you to try different outdoor activities. Popular ones you and your kids would love experiencing include:
The state has some of the most beautiful nature views and diverse wildlife. Embrace Alaska's nature and wildlife while visiting national parks like:
Alaska is home to 34 different state parks spread across the state's different regions, meaning it encompasses more land mass than any other state park in the United States. Some of the most popular for campers, hikers and vacationers are:
Depending on which park you visit, you and your loved ones could see glaciers up close, pan for gold, ride an ATV or snowmobile, explore hiking trails or fish for dinner that you'll enjoy over a fire later. State park visitor centers are also great places to pick up souvenirs to commemorate your trip.
Alaska is known for its fresh seafood, from king salmon to crab. Whether you're searching for local cuisine or more
You'll find delicious food everywhere around the state. Visit small businesses for a local flair, or try the more sophisticated restaurants with unique spins on traditional dishes. Don't forget to try local specialties, like fry bread, when you get the chance!
1316 Badger Road, North Pole
3425 Sterling Highway(Mile 169), Homer
31702 Herman Leirer Road, Seward
3181 Richardson Hwy, Valdez
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