I’ll admit it, the very term “Flightseeing” made me flinch a little. It’s right there with staycation, functionality and deplane as the opposite of words that make me smile.
Yet, one glance at the floatplanes walking on water changed my mind.
Pirate Airworks run flightseeing tours from Yes Bay in Alaska, complete with a soothing Moby soundtrack and well-timed in-flight commentary.
“Alaska has more than two million unnamed lakes,” our pilot told us as the floatplane tilted to reveal mile after mile of lean forests, granite mountains and sunlit stretches of water devoid of human activity.
Even the standard flights with Alaska Airlines had amazing window seat views between Seattle, Juneau and Ketchikan. If only all flights were this picturesque…I might even get used to the term “flightseeing.”
Disclosure: American Safari Cruises and Inner Sea Discoveries invited me to spend a week in Alaska as their guest. As ever, editorial control is mine, all mine! Read the full, exciting disclosure policy here.
Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on www.insidethetravellab.com