Anchorage trip

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  1. gdwindowpane

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    So I'm going to be in Anchorage for a week in the latter part of June visiting my GF's son who is stationed there. I'd like to take a flying tour of Denali. A quick google search results in many outfits offering Denali tours. Anyone have a favorite? Is it worth the extra $$ to land on a glacier.

    I'd like to maybe do some halibut fishing as well. Any preferences for a charter?

    My GF's other son (type A) is planning all activities for the trip. But as they know me pretty well, I will be making some excursions off the beaten path, i.e. Denali trip, fishing, having beverages and simply watching the OPs out of Lake Hood, etc.

    Would love to support some POA'ers if they are in the business.

    Thanks for your suggestions!

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  2. kath

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    Do you have a sense of what places/towns you'll go to and how long you'll spend in each place? For instance, Talkeetna (2-hour drive from ANC and home of flightseeing to Denali from the south side)? or Homer (4.5-hour drive from ANC and home of halibut fishing)?

    Not in any kind of business, but always up for a beverage... will PM...
     
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    I think home base will be Anchorage proper. GF's son who is stationed there has leave for the week. His wife who works for the TSA probably doesn't so I imagine we'll be staying in Anchorage and venturing out from there.
     
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    This is of interest to me. I will be in that area for 2.5 weeks this spring.
     
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    Think the two big ones are

    Fly Denali

    K2 aviation
     
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    do either have operations out of ANC?
     
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    Think both are based a little north, not sure about how they shuttle folks, but I’m sure they know a good way to get folks up there.
     
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    I flew for Kantishna Air Taxi doing tours around Mt. McKinley. They are based in the gold mining village of Kantishna at the end of the park road. You can take the bus tour from the park entrance to Kantishna and it is about an 8 hour average drive with many stops for pictures and wildlife. From there you have the option of flying back or riding the bus back, which the bus ride back doesn't stop very much. http://www.katair.com/

    For Halibut fishing, Homer claims to have the best fishing. Homer is about a 5-6 hour drive out of Anchorage. Also bear viewing flights that go out to Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park, land on the beach and spend time with the bears. You will be closer to the bears than any zoo around. I flew for Alaska Bear Adventures for a summer. https://alaskabearviewing.com/

    I know this guy. Martin will treat you well. https://www.scenicbearviewing.info/

    https://www.kantishnaroadhouse.com
     
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    Regal Air, Trail Ridge Air, Rust's Air Service (same company as K2) all are Lake Hood based and all do Denali flight seeing trips.

    Halibut fishing will be from Seward, Homer, or Ninilchik/Anchor Point. I can give you a good guide contact but not on a public board.

    You'll have more fun stuff to do than time to do it.
     
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    You could book a 3 day bush flying course at Alaska Floats and Skis in Talkeetna. This is what my wife and I will do in July: http://www.alaskafloats.com/
     
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    My daughter worked for Lake Clark Air for a couple of summers and got to go out on a bear viewing trip. She got pretty close to the bears who were more interested in the salmon than anything else.
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    GF loves bears so I think a trip might be in the top 10 things to do.
     
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    I flew with Don Lee in Afghanistan a bunch of years ago. Good guy. Be sure to give him my regards!!
     
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    I'll try not to forget... ;)
    2 friends went there last year, one did the bush flying course, the other the seaplane training. Both had a blast and spoke very highly about Don and his staff.
     
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    The only way to see Alaska is by Coach.. and and super cub and it requireds all summer.
     

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    Timing's a bit early for bear viewing. Maybe Big River Lake. All the float operators do that trip.

    If you're up for a 2-3 day excursion look into Copper Center and head toward McCarthy. That's a special part of the world and less spoiled by people than most road accessible attractions.
     
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    Next Spring, my wife and I are "doing" Alaska. We will fly into Fairbanks and rent a vehicle then drive someplace far north to see the AB then turn around and go to North Pole, Valdez, ferry to Wittier and drive the tunnel then to the Wildlife Conservation Center and Anchorage. After that it's on to Talkeetna for a flight over the mountain and back to Fairbanks. We want to include panning for gold and mushing in our trip. Looking at early to mid-May for about two weeks.
     
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    I wouldn't recommend chasing auroras in May in the North. There's a distinct lack of nighttime.
    But there is a truly amazing fly-in/air-show/bush-plane-a-palooza in Valdez in May. Highly recommended, whether you fly there or just drive!