Day Four: Talkeetna & Mt. McKinley
TALKEETNA: This morning, a real treat has been customized for photographers! Alaska Raptor birds are part of our culture and a beautiful sight to behold. Join us in a “private viewing” of a few of Alaska’s birds including the Bald Eagle. This program is designed to increase people’s awareness of the wild birds around them and to encourage preservation of their habitat as well as offer personal up-close views and photos of our national symbol.
Later this morning, travel on to Talkeetna, a local town sporting the most photographed scenes in our state, the towering peaks of Mt. McKinley & the Alaska mountain range. Only 1 ½ hours north, this town is a hub of international mountain climbers. Here you will enjoy a panoramic view of the full Alaska Range and the three largest mountains in Alaska, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Foraker and Mt. Hunter. A lunch stop is provided here, (meals on your own) before or after your flight seeing adventure.
Denali Flight seeing & Glacier Landing: The BEST adventure in Alaska…this magnificent flight takes you within six miles of Mt. McKinley’s summit. As your flight departs Talkeetna, you begin to see how the last ice age has shaped the land. Moments later you enter a world of rugged high mountain peaks and wide glacier filled valleys. Listen as your pilot describes the natural wonders of Denali National Park. See the Sheldon Amphitheater, beautiful Ruth Glacier and the Great Gorge (the world’s deepest – almost 2 miles from top to bottom).
“No visit is complete without this experience!” Land on the Sheldon Amphitheatre glacier beneath Mt. McKinley. The aircraft are equipped with skis and voice activated headphones. Passengers, each with comfortable window seats, enjoy narration by an experienced pilot-guide highlighting points of interest including geology, wildlife, and history. Flight time is 1.5 hrs and includes a glacier landing. Make sure to have lenses for both panoramic and standard shots.
This evening, enjoy an evening in Talkeetna with dinner choices at one of the local eateries (meal not included) and an overnight at Talkeetna accommodations.
View our preferred accommodations for this area:
Talkeetna Area Lodging