Prepare for a Great trip!
We think that the best way to enjoy the flight is to think of questions for your pilot. The Rust's pilots know a lot about Alaska and the area they fly over. The microphones are voice activated and work when they are almost touching your lips. You will get a more personalized tour if you ask questions!
You will be in a plane for about three hours total so we recommend using the toilet before the tour. Rust's toilets located in the hanger building, the red doors across from the office.
Remember to charge your camera batteries and ensure that you have enough video. We do have tips on taking photos from planes in the FAQ section.
It's best to dress in layers; the planes are heated and can get quite warm from solar heat in the summer. Flat heeled, sturdy shoes are best since you will be climbing in and out of a plane. Strap cameras and valuables to yourself before getting in and out of planes. Pilots don't dive for items dropped in the lake.
Rust's makes a stop on the tour. It's fun and helps to stretch your legs on this extended plane ride. The pilot picks the stop based on time of year, weather and scenic possibilities.
It's ok to bring a non messy, non smelly snack with you. It's also optional to tip the pilot.
$ 425 plus a 3% transportation fee per person. 3 hours. Flight times may vary.
Denali in a day! Tour North America's tallest peak on this one-day adventure from Anchorage
At a formidable 20,320 feet tall, Mt. McKinley is the centerpiece of Denali National Park, and you'll get the best view on a Denali flightseeing tour with Rust’s! Soar to new heights on the intimate, 3-hour Discover Denali Flightseeing Tour with an experienced Alaska bush pilot who loves to share Alaska’s most inaccessible and spectacularly-wild settings. This is one of our most popular tours.
Depart Lake Hood, Anchorage’s lively seaplane airport, traverse the flatlands across Cook Inlet (possible Beluga whales), spotting for moose and, depending on the time of year and weather, and follow the ragged spine of the Alaska Range with its massive walls of rock and ice to the crowning jewel, Mount McKinley. The photo stop landing location varies seasonally and is dependent on weather.
Highlights of the Denali Flightseeing Tour to McKinley:
- Tokosha Mountains and the winding Tokositna Glacier
- Fly over vast Alaska wilderness untouched by modern man
- Look down upon Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain
- See where climbers summit McKinley’s massive south face
- Chase the ebb and flow of ancient glacial ice
- Marvel at Ruth Glacier, a 40-mile-long glacier that flows through the granite-walled Great Gorge – the world’s deepest trench
- Spot cascading icefalls and plummeting avalanches
- Soar above open alpine tundra and glacier-fed, braided rivers
- Watch for moose, bear, swans and the occasional wolf or coyote
- Make a landing on a remote lake or stop in Talkeetna before returning to Anchorage. The choice of location depends on weather conditions, pilot choice and winter/summer seasons
- NEW - See additional Mt. McKinley flight options under out "More Tours" tab on the main page
Your Denali Flightseeing Tour to McKinley includes:
- A window seat and 2-way headset
- Rich knowledge (and personality) of an Alaska bush pilot
- Rust’s meticulous attention to comfort and safety