One of the best ways to see a lot of Alaska in a short time is flightseeing, in a variety of small aircraft ranging from nostalgic DC-3s to Cessna 185s to float planes.
For those whose flying experience is thus far limited to large jetliners carrying several hundred people, there's something special about climbing aboard aircraft carrying as few as four passengers to see Mt. McKinley, Prince William Sound, icefields, glaciers, fjords and wildlife on and off shore.
Pilots with extensive experience in the tour area often double as tour guides, pointing out areas of environmental and historic significance. Going anywhere in Alaska by small aircraft, on business or for pleasure, offers a great view of the Great Land.
The opportunities are boundless, but remember that all flight plans are subject to weather conditions suitable for flying. Alaska pilots are particularly sensitive to the need to avoid troublesome weather, from wind storms to whiteout. Some companies offer trip alternatives, such as river running, in the event of bad weather.