From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight with todays Groupon: for $195, you get a Mountain House Tour flight for two from Sheldon Air Services in Talkeetna (a $390 value).
With 32 years of experience guiding adventurers to Denali National Park's majestic glaciers, David Lee Sheldon of Sheldon Air Service reveals Alaska's picturesque bounty during exhilarating Flightseeing tours. The 60-minute Mountain House tour invites tour-goers to climb aboard a Cessna 185 or deHavilland Beaver aircraft and absorb the breathtaking views of Mt. McKinley's south face from takeoff to landing. While passengers converse comfortably and compete to get glaciers to honk at them, the plane zips them through the Great Gorge of Ruth glacier, North America's deepest gorge, and carries them high above the Tokositna glacier.
The flight's ultimate destination is a flyover of the Don Sheldon amphitheater and the Mountain House shelter David built to escape house calls from traveling HVAC salesmen. The tour affords two opportunities for landing: one at the Ruth amphitheater, which adds an extra 30 minutes to the tour's duration, and one at the base of the Mountain House, which costs an additional $75 per person and provides ample chances to snap timeless pictures.
Passengers can purchase a glacier landing for an additional $75 per person.
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