Denali Flightseeing is a Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience
Ask anyone about the highlight of their trip to Alaska, and you’ll likely hear about Denali flightseeing. Talkeetna Air Taxiis a flightseeing business in Talkeetna that offers bird’s-eye views of Denali National Park and Preserve. From a small plane, you’ll encounter rivers of prehistoric glacier ice, rugged snow-capped peaks, and North America’s tallest mountain – Denali. Whether you choose a one-hour tour or day-long adventure, these Denali flightseeing tours will leave you with unforgettable memories. Here are a few of our favorites.
4 of the Best Denali Flightseeing Tours
1. Southside Explorer
This scenic one-hour route provides a robust introduction to Denali and the Alaska Range. On the Southside Explorer Tour, you’ll follow the river systems of Talkeetna across the Susitna Valley into an incredible landscape of icefalls, glaciers and snowy peaks. You’ll even see the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier and the Don Sheldon amphitheater! This tour is $210 per person and is offered year round.
2. Mountain Voyager
The Mountain Voyager Tour showcases all of Denali’s awe-inspiring essentials. Guests will enter further into the heart of the Alaska Range to see the Kahiltna, Ruth, Tokositna, Eldridge, Kanakula, Buckskin and Coffee glaciers as well as Denali’s massive sister peaks: Mt. Hunter at 14,500 feet and Mt. Foraker at 17,402 feet. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
3. Grand Denali
See Denali from all sides: north, south, east, and west! The 1.5-hour Grand Denali Tour completely circles the mountain and provides the most comprehensive tour of Denali National Park. You’ll fly over Kahiltna Pass, discover Denali’s famous West Buttress Climbing Route, and cross over the Alaska Range into a world filled with alpine tundra. Keep your eyes peeled for the immense Wickersham Wall which features 14,000 feet of rock and ice. We promise you’ll remember this tour forever!
This two-hour, high-elevation expedition soars above Denali and is ideal for adventurous travelers. From 20,000 feet, The Summit Tour gives a broad overview of the Alaska Range and also includes a landing in Denali National Park. One departure is offered each day at 6 p.m.
Flying With Kids
Talkeetna Air Taxi strives to provide a memorable experience that the whole family can enjoy. If flying with kids, we suggest choosing a shorter flight and adding a glacier landing so little ones can get out and move around. We do not recommend a flight that circles this mountain. It requires the plane to fly at a higher altitude, and children may have trouble with their ears.
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