Flightseeing in Denali National Park and Preserve
A flightseeing tour of the park is one of the best ways to get a sense of the Alaska Range's size and scope. Flightseeing is also the best way to get close-up views of Mt. McKinley and its neighboring giants, and maybe even stand on a glacier, all without the hassle of days of hiking and lugging food and gear.
Most Denali flightseeing is done out of Talkeetna, a small end-of-the-road town between Anchorage and Denali, and the operators will offer several tours, including a quick fly-by, a summit tour, a glacier landing—something for everybody. We suggest you take the longest, most detailed tour you can afford, so you don't go back home wishing you'd had a chance to see more.
Tours and Outfitters
K2 Aviation. Specializing in flightseeing and glacier landings in the Alaska Range, K2 Aviation's prices range from $205 (for a 1-hour flightsee) to $385 (for a 120-minute flightsee with a glacier landing). 14052 East 2nd St., Talkeetna Airport, Talkeetna, AK, 99676. 907/733–2291 or 800/764–2291. www.flyk2.com.
Sheldon Air Service. This is the new incarnation of Hudson Air Service; in 2010 the Talkeetna-based stalwart changed hands and name. The Denali Grand Tour is 90 minutes and costs $375 per person. A glacier landing adds 45 minutes to your flight and costs an additional $75. 907/733–2321 or 800/478–2321. www.sheldonairservice.com.
Talkeetna Air Taxi. Fly with Talkeetna Air Taxi for breathtaking exploration flights close to massive Mt. McKinley, as well as glacier landings. See Ruth Glacier and the South Face ($199); the base camp ($284); or the Grand Denali tour ($300, or $385 with a glacier landing). 14212 East 2nd St., Talkeetna Airport, Talkeetna, AK, 99676. 907/733–2218 or 800/533–2219. www.talkeetnaair.com.
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