Alaska Without the Clouds – A “Flightseeing” Photostory

By Abi King | Inspire Me

Sep 20

Flightseeing Over Alaska

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.

Flightseeing in Alaska

A Beaver Flightseeing Floatplane

Flightseeing in Yes Bay

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.

One of 2 Million Unnamed Lakes in Alaska

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.”

A Few Clouds On the Way to Seattle with Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airways to Juneau

The View Between Ketchikan & Seattle with Alaska Airways

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.

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About the Author

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

IsabellesTravel September 22, 2010

Great pics! Looking forward to seeing more about your Alaska trip :)

Hotels In Greater Noida September 24, 2010

Ohh Waaoo!!!…. Very Beautiful Pics.

Abi King September 28, 2010

Thank you! Find the next post about Alaska here:


Magic Travel Andrew August 15, 2013

Beautiful photos :) I think Alaska may have to go on our list of future destinations.

    Abi King August 21, 2013

    Yes! One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen…

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