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Photos: Flying into the Alaska Range

Aerial of downtown Anchorage, with Alaska's tallest building, the ConocoPhillips building. July 19, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
Making hay in the Mat-Su. July 19, 2012
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A farm in the Matanuska-Susitna valley. July 19, 2012
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Wetlands in the Susitna Valley. July 19, 2012
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Alaska Range, Denali National Park. July 19, 2012
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Tokositna Glacier, Alaska range, Denali National Park. July 19, 2012
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Glacier and mountains, Alaska range, Denali National Park. July 19, 2012
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Ruth glacier, Alaska Range, Denali National Park. July 19, 2012
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Mountains rising out of the Ruth glacier in Denali National Park. July 19, 2012
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Hanging glacier above the Ruth glacier, Denali National Park. July 19, 2012
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Alaska's boreal forest, south of Talkeetna. July 19, 2012
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The Alaska railroad heading north to Talkeetna. July 19, 2012
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Wildfire-induced haze darkens the Alaskan sky above the Susitna river. July 19, 2012
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Katie Medred,Loren Holmes

Best way to see Alaska's vast expanses? There's a reason Alaska is home to more pilots per capita than any other state in the U.S. With so few roadways, truly taking in the 49th state requires an airplane.

Alaska Dispatch photographer Loren Holmes and publisher Alice Rogoff, also a certified pilot, took advantage of the midsummer light from the front of the Cessna 206. The plane departed Merrill Airfield in downtown Anchorage, heading north over Point MacKenzie toward the Mat-Su and Alaska Range, just beyond. The pair's destination: Mount Stevens.

The Alaska Range, located north of Anchorage, runs in a crescent shape across the southcentral region of the state, beginning at Lake Clark in the southwest and ending at White River in Yukon Territory, Canada. The Range houses some of the largest mountains in Alaska, including Mounts McKinley, Foraker and Hunter.

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