Within The Wild Adventure Co.: Helicopter Adventure
The Dixon family loves their R-44 helicopter as much as their guests do. "It's really opened up the wilderness to us," says Within The Wild co-founder Kirsten Dixon. "It's so versatile, you could land it on our picnic table." Guests staying at either Winterlake Lodge near Denali or Tukta Bay Lodge on the Kenai Peninsula have access to the three-passenger craft for backcountry hiking, glacier trekking, and fishing.
The Dixon's consult with guests to create custom helicopter tours that range from flight-seeing followed by a short nature walk, to a chopper ride deep into the alpine tundra for a full-day trek completely devoid of human impact. "This is the core of what we do," says Dixon, "removing people from the human effect where they can have a sense of discovery and wonderment of the natural world." [From $850; withinthewild.com]