State of Alaska | Michael DeYoung

Denali Day Trip

Got a long list of “must-sees” and “must-dos?” Then this itinerary is for you. Soar past North America's tallest peaks, massive glaciers, and Alaska wildlife all in the span of a single day. There's only one way to see it in a single day: take to the air!


The sun is already up, so start the day with an early morning flightseeing trip. Take off from Merrill Field or Lake Hood Seaplane Base for the journey to the Denali National Park and Preserve. No need for in-flight entertainment on this trip; the full splendor of the Alaska Range unfurls outside the window. Explore North America's tallest peak and the other peaks. You might even touch down on a remote lake for more photos of Denali.


The flight's finished, but Denali looms large even in Anchorage. Walk the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail from downtown and on a clear day you'll see the mountain to the north. Or indulge your inner mountaineer with a hike at Flattop for another perspective. The peaks of the Alaska Range may be daunting, but this popular hike in the Chugach Mountains has something for all abilities.


A day packed with wild sights comes to an end at a cozy cabin or a plush metropolitan hotel.