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Talkeetna: Denali 1-Hour Flight Experience

1. Talkeetna: Denali 1-Hour Flight Experience

Get ready for your flight tour with a warm welcome and a coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace in a lodge-style, timber-framed office. Watch a short flight video in the theater.  Then, follow your knowledgeable pilot to your aircraft. Listen to a safety briefing, and then take a window seat. After a microphone check, take off toward the Alaska Range, flying over the beautiful Susitna Valley where they will spot for moose and bears. After a short while, see the Alaska Range rise up underneath you. The skilled pilot will provide interesting stories and commentary while taking you within 6 miles of Denali's massive summit (20,310 feet or 6,190 meters). Fly up the Tokositna Glacier Valley, following its winding path to Denali's base. The pilot will maneuver the plane so that guests on each side can take in the famous peaks: Moose's Tooth, Broken Tooth, and Barille. Then, descend into the Don Sheldon Amphitheater on the Ruth Glacier. The tour ends by flying through The Great Gorge, the world's deepest gorge, before returning to Talkeetna. This epic flight is the perfect introductory flight of Denali. Choose to add a glacier landing to make your trip even more memorable. Once back on the ground, have a chance to buy a souvenir or use the free WiFi at the office.

Talkeetna: Denali Southside Explorer Scenic Air Tour

2. Talkeetna: Denali Southside Explorer Scenic Air Tour

Explore Denali National Park from the air as you fly over the river systems of Talkeetna and across the Susitna Valley into an incredible landscape of icefalls, glaciers, and snowy peaks. Upon arrival at the unique, octagon-shaped Alaskan log cabin, check-in at the office and listen to an up-to-the-minute weather briefing to prepare you for your trip. Take the opportunity to meet and chat with your knowledgeable guide for the journey, and if you’ve picked the optional glacier landing, get kitted out with all the necessary gear and glacier boots. Relax on the deck as you await your flight’s departure, then follow your pilot guide to the aircraft and listen to a short safety briefing. Board your single-engine, high-wing plane, where everyone gets a window seat to make the most of the views, as well as a personal headset to listen to your guide’s expert narration. Then it’s time to hit the skies for an awe-inspiring one-hour flight amongst the jagged peaks and glaciers on the southern side of the Alaska Range. It doesn’t matter which side of the plane you’re on, since every seat provides stunning, sprawling views across the landscape. Each flight is customized for the very best views according to the weather and includes a flyover of the Great Gorge, the Don Sheldon Amphitheater, and Ruth Glacier. With the addition of a glacier landing, the total duration of the tour becomes 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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What people are saying about Don Sheldon Amphitheater

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

I have thousands of flight hours, both in General Aviation and in Military aircraft, and this was hands down my favorite flight of all time! The up-close mountain and glacier views were just breathtaking! If you plan to visit Alaska, this is absolutely a MUST DO!

The flight …. The staff…and the pilot were simply superb! The views and the glacier landing were breathtaking and my longtime friend who has stage 4 inoperable cancer was ecstatic so I couldn’t ask for a better day! Thanks to everyone for that amazing ride!

It was amazing...we were lucky enough to have a warm, sunny day with just a few clouds around the base of Denali. Our pilot was wonderful, excellentbpilot and narrator. Flying up the glacier and through the Great Canyon was a magnificent experience.

Highly recommend, great service, pilot was super knowledgeable. Must for an Alaska trip

This was great! Easy to book and get started, incredible pilot, and amazing views.