Chris Arend

Flightseeing in Anchorage

Flightseeing tours depart from Anchorage year-round to places that, quite literally, will take your breath away. Visit areas of Alaska not accessible by any other means.

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.

Take Flight!

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, Denali, North America’s tallest peak at 20,310 feet, looms large in the Alaska Range. 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 Alaska landscape. Day trips and overnight adventures include bear viewing, fly-in fishing, hiking, and glacier landings. 

Wildlife Viewing

Anchorage is the best place to see Alaska animals. Wildlife viewing here is as close as the moose that munch through the city. It means a flight to...