Get in Your Last Bit of Alaska Travel Before Autumn

August isn’t always a cheap time to travel, but there are myriad ways you can experience Alaska at the end of the summer without spending too much money. You’re already saving money when you reserve your Alaska car rentals from Avis, but there are many other opportunities for continued savings. After mid-August, you’ll find prices on tours begin to drop. This all has to do with the peak travel and tourism season.

When is peak season?

Peak season runs from around mid-June to mid-August. At this point, tours, hotels, and other activities will be at their most expensive rates. Following the mid-August peak, you’ll find “shoulder season” will begin. This means discounts of roughly 10 – 25% on most travel expenses.

August and September climates

August climates are reasonable, but can be unpredictable. Throughout August there’s a 50% chance of rain, with a high of 60 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime hours. September begins to cool down by about 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

September climates, as mentioned, are a little cooler – which may not be such a bad thing. The cooler nights freeze the mosquitoes so that you’ll have fewer bugs to deal with on your trip. August is also a great time to hike, as the ground tends to be harder and dry rather than sticky and wet.

The Denali Backcountry Lodge

If you want to see the sites of Alaska in the wilderness, right on Wonder Lake at the bottom of the Denali National Park and Preserve you’ll find the Denali Backcountry Lodge. While there are a few different lodges you could stay in while visiting the park, if you’re looking to save money in September then the Denali Backcountry Lodge is the one for you. On September 3-4 and 10-12 you’ll be able to take advantage of the 50% off discount on the second night of your stay. Book quickly, as spots in the lodge will be taken before you can blink.

Drive your Alaska car rentals straight down the road in Denali National Park and you’ll find the lodge. From there, you’ll want to park the Alaska car rentals and get out to enjoy the landscape. August and September are perfect months for hiking.

Cruise deals

September and August are also great times to take an Alaskan cruise. Many cruises offer discounts throughout the end of the summer season, with savings that can be as much as $200.

Cruises are a great way to see the scenery around Alaska that you won’t be able to see if you’re land locked. While Alaska car rentals are an amazing method for land exploration, you won’t see quite as many of the water wonders as you will while on a cruise.

The Kenai Fjords National Park

If you want a little deal for Alaska tours, check out the “room with a cruise” package in the Kenai Fjords Tours. Get a 10% off discount on a park cruise and accommodations at the Seward Windsong Lodge from September 1-15 and at the Hotel Seward downtown from September 16 to 30.

Also in the Kenai Fjords, from September 1 to 6, the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is offering a 2-for-1 special for meals, activities, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. This price includes boat transportation to and from the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

Kennicott Glacier Lodge

The Kennicott Glacier Lodge has a deal of only $99 per night beginning August 27 and running through until September 13. This deal includes their “mountain view” rooms, which will offer sights over the mountains and lakes. Once settled in, take a hike in the old mining camps or raft over the clear waters next to the lodge.

Most of these spots are easy to get to in your Alaska car rentals. You’ll have no struggle seeing the best of Alaska with these deals. Begin exploring the Alaskan landscape with reservations from Avis for your Alaska car rentals.