Why start hiking at a trailhead with everyone else, when you can be whisked off to a gorgeous wilderness area and start your trek from there? With the Denali Heli-Hiking Tour, you'll take off in one of Era Helicopters’ whirlybirds and fly for an unforgettable 15 minutes over the scenic Alaskan wilderness and land in Era’s special hiking area, just outside the boundaries of Denali National Park. Then you'll follow your guide on a soft-adventure hike above the tree line, with sweeping views of Denali’s rolling hills and tundra ridgelines. You'll learn about different animal tracks, interpreting the flora and fauna, while also keeping your eyes out for bears, moose, and Dall sheep. Tour includes a snack and is limited to 12, with a four-passenger minimum. Advanced reservations are highly recommended.
The Helicopter Advantages
Flightseeing in a helicopter is very different from a plane: You typically have about six times as much window space and hence a better view—plus, because it's not a bumpy ride, it's unlikely to cause motion sickness. Praised by Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 helicopters tour operators in the world, Era is the only helicopter tour in the Denali area, where they’ve been running trips since the 1990s. Era also offers a varied selection of other tour options: fly and then walk on a glacier or just fly for longer and soak up the views.