Flightseeing Tours from Anchorage
From the majesty of Denali to the shimmering waters of Prince William Sound, Anchorage’s central location serves up an amazing menu of sightseeing adventures by plane.
Here are some of our favorite flightseeing options. JUMP TO LIST OF FLIGHT TOURS
Even though Denali is 140 miles away, you can get an intimate look at it on a 3-hour flightseeing tour from Anchorage. Trips are available year-round and are perfect if you can’t dedicate the time to drive to Talkeetna or Denali. The trade-off is more time in the air (oh darn!). You’ll fly north over a roadless wilderness of braided rivers, vast forests, and thriving wetlands, where you’ll look for moose and bears. Some 45 minutes into the flight, the glacial amphitheaters of Denali will come into view. And soon you’ll be up close to the crevasses, granite walls, and Denali itself, which you’ll fly around for about 30 minutes.
Anchorage & The Chugach Range
If you’re short on time but crave the experience of an Alaska bush plane, take a 30-minute tour of Anchorage and the surrounding Chugach Mountains. Look for sheep and other wildlife in the mountains, and soak in the views of stunning Turnagain Arm, where the mountains seem to rise right out of the water.
Prince William Sound
Explore endless miles of winding fjords and stunning inlets. If you’re on a floatplane, you can even touch down in the Sound, where you’ll taxi right past tidewater glaciers and likely see some wildlife. Keep an eye out for bears, otters, and eagles!
Knik Glacier, Colony Glacier, and Lake George
Most companies based in Anchorage offer quick tours (1.5–2 hours) to one of the many nearby glaciers, like Colony Glacier, Knik Glacier, and Lake George. Take advantage! Flying over these ancient flowing rivers of ice—scarred with crevasses and dotted with bright blue pools—is an experience unlike any other.
Flying isn’t just about sightseeing…it’s also about access! In a state with so few roads, flying is a way to reach remote areas inaccessible by any other means. Visit national parks off the road system, like Katmai and Lake Clark. Fly to see bears feeding on salmon and foraging for clams. Get dropped off for a multi-day float trip. Soar to a river all your own and fish with no one else in sight. And that’s just the beginning—your options are truly endless.
Anchorage Flightseeing Tours
For outstanding viewing and incredible access to remote places, there’s nothing like flightseeing by helicopter. Join Alaska Helicopter Tours – a locally-owned, highly-respected helicopter tour and charter company – for excursions that reveal hidden sites just minutes from Anchorage. Spot wildlife from the air, stand on a glacier or land on a remote airstrip.
You’ll take off from Anchorage, and Alaska will open up for you as you appreciate its vastness from the air. Where will you go? That’s up to you! Choose from a variety of tours. Take one of the classics, like flightseeing to Denali, or opt to explore one of the state’s hidden gems. You can also fly to see glaciers, go bear viewing in Lake Clark National Park, or work with the pros at Alaska Air Service to create your own custom itinerary.
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Alaska’s scenic highlights on a flightseeing tour with Rust’s Flying Service, where every passenger gets a window seat. Tour options include a short 30-minute Anchorage Flightseeing Safari, a flight to Denali, Denali plus a glacier landing, and more. Tours begin at Anchorage’s Lake Hood, the world’s busiest seaplane airport.
Explore Alaska from above with this family-owned company that operates out of Anchorage. Options include flying above Denali, Knik and Colony Glacier, the Chugach Mountains, and more!
There are few things more spectacular than lifting off in a helicopter and soaring over Alaska’s glacier-filled terrain or out across its shimmering waters. Suitable for all ages. Get a taste for helicopter flightseeing on a 30-minute trip into the 20-Mile river valley and the heart of glacier country.
Trygg Air offers day trips for walrus viewing from Anchorage as well as King Salmon, in Southwest Alaska. Fly to King Salmon commercially from Anchorage, and then meet Trygg Air for a 90-minute scenic journey along the west side of the Alaska Peninsula to Cape Seniavin to view these 4,000 pound animals that haul out on the beach. Trygg can also fly you out to two other iconic places: Brooks Falls, to see grizzly bears swatting at salmon; and the ...more
Trail Ridge Air offers an on-demand perspective of Alaska’s wilderness, with personable and knowledgeable pilots. Watch for wildlife, check out massive glaciers, alpine lakes, Denali, or even Lake Clark National Park. Trail Ridge accommodates for the busiest of schedules, with flights ranging from one hour to a full day.