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4506 Lakeshore Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502
Although it's one of the larger flightseeing companies in Anchorage, Regal Air is still a family operation, and you'll find a friendly, helpful crew of pilots and staff. You'll also have lots of tour options: go glacier viewing, see Mt. McKinley, take remote fishing trips, or take a flightseeing tour of Anchorage. With numerous flight times and itineraries—and even a free hotel shuttle—it couldn't be easier to see Alaska by air.
The Laughlin family owns Regal air; Mike Laughlin grew up flying and has been running the company for more than 8 years. He spent his high school and college summers working for Regal Air, and had his pilot's license before he had a high school diploma. During his tenure, he's updated the planes, increased tour offerings, and added important upgrades, like a two-way headset for all passengers. And Regal Air has one of the best safety records in the state.
All Regal pilots share Mike's passion for flying, and they're happy to tell stories about the life of a bush pilot, from seeing the alpine glow on Mt. McKinley to looking down on moose and other wildlife.
Regal Air offers flights to remote fishing spots, scenic Mt. McKinley, and bear-viewing areas—they even do city tours over Anchorage. Below are their three most popular tours, but they’ll work with you to match you up to your ideal flightseeing adventure. All of their flights are on floatplanes, take off from Lake Hood (the world’s busiest seaplane base), and include a free hotel shuttle.
Mt. McKinley and Denali Park Flightseeing Tour
Other than climbing Mt. McKinley, there’s no better way to explore North America’s tallest mountain than a flightseeing trip. With Regal Air’s Mt. McKinley Tour, you’ll fly along the south face of the mountain, looking down on the massive Ruth and Kahiltna Glaciers, and looking up to the 20,320-foot summit. Your trip starts from Lake Hood, and you’ll get great city views as you soar over Anchorage. You’ll fly up the Susitna and Kahiltna River valleys, where you can scan for wildlife before climbing into the foothills of the Alaska Range. Known as the "Little Switzerland" of Alaska, these jagged peaks are similar to the European Alps, and give way to the glaciers, ice falls, and rock walls of McKinley. You’ll fly over climbers’ base camps and alongside the towering summit, then land on Lake Chelatna and stretch your legs on a sandy beach. On your way back, you’ll fly low so you can look for grizzly bears, moose, bald eagles, and swans.
Knik and Colony Glacier Tour
If you have only 90 minutes but still want to see the vast Alaska wilderness from the air, this is the perfect flight. You’ll see Anchorage, mountains, glaciers, a gorgeous river valley, and you’ll even land on a glacial lake. Once you take off from Lake Hood, you’ll head towards the Chugach Mountain Range, with panoramic city views en route. In the Chugach, you’ll climb over rolling green alpine meadows and into jagged, snow-covered peaks before dropping down on the Knik and Colony Glacier Range. With its striated black and white moraines and bright blue surface lakes, the glacier’s a great spot for aerial photos. And as you descend to the terminus of the Colony Glacier, you’ll fly over jagged ice falls and crevasses. Your pilot will land on Lake George (which the Colony Glacier spills into), and you’ll float among gigantic blue icebergs, listening for calvings. Take some photos, then take off and follow the Knik River back towards Anchorage, flying low and looking for wildlife. It might be hard to believe how much you saw in just an hour and a half.
Chugach Mountain Explorer
Flightseeing is expensive, but there’s nothing like getting up in the air to see Alaska. The state is so big and the scale so grand that it’s hard to understand this landscape without flying over it. Luckily, Regal Air designed this 30-minute trip to make sure everyone can fly the last frontier without breaking the bank—it’s just $100. The flight takes you over the city and Knik Arm, then up into the Chugach Mountains. You’ll explore the mountains that form the backdrop of the city, and look down on this mountain range that’s 300 miles long and gets 600 inches of snow a year! Look for Dall sheep and Grizzly bears in the alpine, then climb into the rock and ice of the mountain peaks. You’ll dart in and out of the Chugach Mountains and see Turnagain Arm before returning to the city.
From the Airport: Regal Air is less than 2 miles from the Anchorage International Airport. Immediately after exiting the airport, take a left on Postmark Drive and follow it around Lake Hood being careful to watch for small aircraft taxiing. Take a right on to Lakeshore Dr. and Regal Air’s cabins are on your right.
Regal Air accepts the following credit cards: Visa and MasterCard.
40% non-refundable deposit required for reservation (Regal Air will try to be flexible in the event of a cancellation).
Cancellation with less than 2 weeks prior to the flight and the deposit is non-refundable.
Cancellation with less than 48 hours prior to the flight 100% of the flight will be billed.