There’s a reason flightseeing in Alaska is so popular: It’s one of the most dramatic ways to fully appreciate the vastness of this spectacular landscape. Go with Alaska By Air and you’ll have the opportunity to try this stunning activity in some of Alaska’s most iconic destinations, checking out massive glaciers as well as North America’s tallest mountain.
Everyone Gets a Window Seat
You’ll begin your tour at the Alaska By Air cabin on Lake Hood; sitting just outside are floatplanes designed specifically for flightseeing. On board will be the pilot and just 7 passengers, and everyone gets a window seat. Those windows—bubble windows—are constructed so you can look straight down, and the high wing of the airplane means it won’t be in the way when you want to take photos.
Plus, you’ll be with an experienced pilot who’s well-versed in all things Alaska—from the terrain to the history and wildlife—and one who loves to entertain guests. You’ll get plenty of narration along the way, with fascinating facts that deepen your understanding of the area and increase your appreciation for the beauty around you.
This 5-hour tour heads 130 miles north of Anchorage, where the gorgeous Alaska Range surrounds you. You’ll fly into the jaw-dropping Ruth Amphitheater, traverse the Ruth Glacier (one of the area’s longest), pass the hanging glaciers of Ruth Ice Falls, see the historic Don Sheldon Mountain House. And of course, you won’t be able to miss iconic Denali—the mountain rises more than 20,000 feet in the air. Along the way, keep an eye out for grizzly bears, wolves, moose, and caribou.
You’ll then touch down in the quaint frontier town of Talkeetna, where you’ll have a generous two hours. Start with a tour of this authentic town and learn about its fascinating history, then take some time to stroll the streets, duck into shops, and grab a bite to eat before flying back to Anchorage. Along the way, you’ll check out a lake where moose are often spotted!
Witnessing the width and vastness of a glacier isn’t something you can do from the ground—and that’s exactly why flightseeing is the perfect way to experience these massive rivers of blue ice. You’ll start by flying over the Knik Arm—a spot popular with Beluga whales—and seeing the rocky and tree-filled Chugach mountain range that’s packed with wildlife. Then you’ll reach the tour’s highlight: three wildly beautiful glaciers—Knik Glacier, Colony Glacier, and Lake George Glacier—that are some of the largest in Southcentral Alaska (the Knik alone is 25 miles long and 5 miles across!). You’ll fly so close to these natural wonders that you’ll see into their crevasses.
And these massive, 200-foot walls of ice are always on the move, calving into the shimmering waters of Lake George. If it’s clear, you’ll land right on the lake and can step out onto the floats to take photos of huge icebergs the size of small buildings. Enjoy the clean mountain air before taking off and flying back to Anchorage.