In a state where airplanes are used like minivans to access vast areas accessible only by air, we capture some of the stunning sights of Alaska that you can experience through general aviation.
Rainbow Lodge in Bristol Bay uses de Havilland Beaver floatplanes to deliver fishermen to about 30 different fishing locations. Even picturesque lakes like this can change in an instant with the weather.
Mud, ice melt, and snow along the Susitna River south of Talkeetna herald the coming of spring. Retreating snow and ice expose gravel bars along the river for pilots to have a little fun.
Fly along the peaks of some of the world's most beautiful mountains in Alaska. With nearly 24 hours of daylight across much of the state in the summer, you have plenty of time to take in the beauty. You'll find views like this on a flight from Juneau to Ketchikan.
If you take a cruise to Alaska, make sure to explore the state by air during one of your port stops. Aerial tours are a popular industry in the state.
Backcountry airplanes fly in and out of short, unimproved strips, taking you to some of the most remote and picturesque locations in Alaska accessible only by air.
Take a break from flying and go kayaking to explore a glacier. The land of midnight sun offers seemingly endless adventures by air, road, sea, and rail.
K2 Aviation lands at Kahiltna Glacier base camp in Denali National Park. Pilots can fly themselves around Denali National Park or take any number of sightseeing flights from aerial tour operators in Talkeetna and Anchorage, to name a few.
Even tundra marshes in Alaska are a sight to behold from the air. From jagged mountains to giant glaciers, pristine lakes, and tundra, Alaska’s landscape is beautiful from just about any angle.
A Cessna 180 is the perfect platform for flying over Kennicott Glacier near McCarthy, Alaska. Stay at Evergreen Lodge on Lake Louise for quick access to Kennicott Glacier and the Copper River Basin.
In the heart of the Brooks Range north of the Arctic Circle, Anaktuvuk Pass is one of the last villages with an airport before heading across the Arctic tundra to Barrow.
Mountains plunge into glacier-fed lakes with chunks of ice floating free, forming a breathtaking color palette. Fly between Juneau and Ketchikan to get these views yourself.