Aviation has long been a lifeline to rural Alaska ("the bush") – an integral part to the state's history and development. Today, the state remains the most "flyingest" in the country, with about six times as many pilots per capita as the rest of the United States. These pilots are proud to share the most wild areas of Alaska with visitors.
No other mode of transportation delivers a feeling of adventure like climbing into a small plane and taking flight over Alaska’s wilderness. Mountains hurl into dark blue seas; tidewater glaciers – massive in scale –wind and grind their way from snow fields bearing crevasses of intense sapphire. The landscape in winter particularly lends itself to distinct, dramatic views, washed in the rosy alpenglow of the setting or rising sun.
Dependable operations offer year-round personalized flightseeing tours or charters from Anchorage via floatplane, fixed wing and helicopter. Flights depart from Merrill Field and Lake Hood – the world’s busiest floatplane base – or nearby Girdwood.
In every direction, spectacular scenery abounds. To the northwest, Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak at 20,320 feet, holds majestic court. To the west, the Alaska Range spans the horizon to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. Due south lies the Kenai Peninsula, home to Kenai Fjords National Park. The Chugach Range embraces Anchorage then stretches 710 miles East towards Prince William Sound and Valdez.
Flightseeing is definitely an unforgettable way to experience the magnificence of the Last Frontier. Day trips and overnight adventures include bear viewing, fly-in fishing, hiking and glacier landings.