My wife and I want to have toured all 50 U.S. states and all 10 Canadian provinces by our 5th anniversary, which is coming up in March. We’re doing Maryland next week, and we tentatively have Florida and Hawaii scheduled. That leaves us one little step away from our goal, and that’s the Pacific Northwest: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska.
To meet our time frame, the only times we could possibly do that trip are January or February of 2000. A few questions I’m hoping someone here can answer:
Are we totally insane to even consider going to Alaska in the winter? The tourist guides for both Anchorage and Fairbanks say the average January temp is only single digits below zero, which sounds bearable, but I don’t know if we can trust tourist guides, which aren’t likely to say anything to discourage tourism.
Assuming that this isn’t totally insane, which of the two cities am I better off visiting, temperature-wise? Anchorage or Fairbanks?
Am I as likely to see the Aurora Borealis in Anchorage as in Fairbanks? If I’m less likely (which is what I’ve been led to believe), how much less likely? If the temperature in Anchorage is significantly better than that in Fairbanks, is the less-likelihood of seeing the Aurora significant enough that I should consider Fairbanks anyway?
Thanks, guys and gals!
Chaim Mattis Keller
“Sherlock Holmes once said that once you have eliminated the
impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be
the answer. I, however, do not like to eliminate the impossible.
The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it that the merely improbable lacks.”
– Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective