Urban chic or remote wilderness, Southcentral Alaska has a variety of landscapes and climate zones. The region includes everything from coastal forests to mountain ranges, so while it might be relatively mild along the coast, there may be snow in the higher mountain passes.
Temperatures in Southcentral sometimes make it to 70°F during the summer, but generally plan on temperatures in the mid-60s during the day and 50s at night. Winter temperatures can sometimes snap to below 0°F for a few days or weeks, but wintertime highs are often in the 20s. Bring light layers and raingear for summer and a warm jacket for winter.
On the longest day of the year, the sun sets in Anchorage – Alaska’s largest city – at 11:42pm and rises five hours later. Winter solstice brings 5.5 hours of daylight, while moonlight lights up the snowy landscapes.