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Talkeetna Travel Guide: 97 reviews and 227 photos

A Village With Mighty Associates

Talkeetna is a village in every sense of the word, but with important associations. For starters, the Alaska Railway passes through town on its daily migration from Anchorage to Fairbanks, so visitors are treated to at least a glimpse of the train station whether they care what lies beyond or not. Second, many of the climbing expeditions on Denali start from this hub, and other flightseeing charters and river rafting services are available in town. The area itself is dotted with an endless number of beautiful lakes and streams, so fishing and hunting is a congenital duty for Talkeetna residents.

In summer, Talkeetna is reached by its own spur road, but commuters have to double back to the George Parks Highway to resume their drive to Denali. In winter, another road benefits from the frozen landscape to shorten the distance between town and the Parks Highway, if in fact you can even reach Talkeetna in the winter.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Charming touristy town full of lakes and nearby rivers
  • In a nutshell:Hard to spend much time here with Denali drawing one northward
  • Intro Updated Oct 12, 2003
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2005 at 6:04 AM

    Excellent page on a special little town. Very well written.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2004 at 3:46 PM

    Sounds like one of those classic "Gateway" towns. Very interesting.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2003 at 4:54 PM

    Talkeetna seems like a cool little down with some interesting character!

  • mcpangie's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2003 at 5:48 AM

    Having grown up in Talkeetna I'd describe the place differently. Though it is a tiny town, in Alaska towns that qualify as "the bush" are those that you can't drive to. Your pictures are wonderful.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2003 at 1:03 PM

    Very lovely pages Mike and I enjoyed them very much. Your information is very helpful and once again this page has brought back some fond memories when I lived in Alaska. Thanks!;-)

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2003 at 10:54 PM

    Why I thought I'll see something about you and Scott and kaloz LOL Wonderful page!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2003 at 9:07 PM

    Can't figger out why you are so fond of this page.

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2003 at 5:49 PM

    An actual "off - off the beaten path" place!!! Those XY lakes are quite curious... Probably, there are XX lakes too!!!

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2003 at 7:43 PM

    Looks very off the beaten path. Gorgeous lake photos!

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2003 at 3:32 PM

    We took the detour to Talkeetna and didn't get much in return for our troubles.


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