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Talkeetna: Denali Grand Flight Tour with Optional Landing

1. Talkeetna: Denali Grand Flight Tour with Optional Landing

Get picked up in Talkeetna and head to the newly constructed lodge-style, timber-framed office. Check in and enjoy coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace and enjoy a short flight video.  Then get ready to board and listen to a safety briefing from your expert pilot. Hear stories from your pilot as you take off towards the Alaska Range and enjoy stunning views as each guest will get a window seat.   Fly over Susitna Valley where you may spot moose and bears. Enter the Alaska Range and head up the Tokisitna Glacier. Then go west to view the impressive Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park.  The flight will then head northeast behind Mt. Hunter, passing the impressive Mt. Foraker. Fly around Denali at Mt. Silverstone and down to the North Fork Glacier.  See the famous peak called the Moose’s Tooth before heading into the Sheldon Amphitheater and over Ruth Glacier and through the Great Gorge. Add a glacier landing to make it even more memorable.

Talkeetna: Denali Experience Flight with Optional Landing

2. Talkeetna: Denali Experience Flight with Optional Landing

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.

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What people are saying about The Great Gorge

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 32 reviews

This was an amazing experience. Our pilot Chad was awesome. He shared information along the way. We were blessed with a beautiful day and bright blue skies. We saw all of Denali!! Landing on the glacier was exhilarating. We felt as if we were on another planet. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the beauty of Alaska from the air. Truly a 5 star experience. Landing on the glacier was

This was awesome! The weather kept us from landing on the glacier but we were able to see the summit. The views from the plane were amazing. Phil did a great job of showing us the mountains! It was the highlight of our trip to Alaska.

This was a trip worth every effort (time/money) that I put in. I LOVED every bit of the experience. Right from check-in, pilot intro, orientation, boarding and the the actual flight-seeing.

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.