"Roadhouses" Top 5 Page for this destination Alaska Favorite Tip by PA2AKgirl

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  Black Rapids roadhouse (new lodge in background)
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  • Black Rapids roadhouse  (new lodge in background) - Alaska
      Black Rapids roadhouse (new lodge in background)
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  • Talkeetna Roadhouse - Alaska
      Talkeetna Roadhouse
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Favorite thing: If you're driving along some of the Alaska highways, you'll probably see signs for Roadhouses. Few of these are the originals but the concept is the same. They are places for travelers (both who had traveled the Yukon in the past to people arriving by road in other areas today) to get food, drinks and lodging. There's a lot of them accessible by road, some are just ruins, some have been rebuilt from original materials, some popped up in the middle of the 1900s and some are completely new. They aren't like travel centers or truck stops, they're lodges with saloons and known for good food.

Rika's Roadhouse has been restored. It's a state historical park where you can get some food and tour the building. The virtual tour is online...click here
Black Rapids roadhouse is being restored as well.
You can find Roadhouses in quite a few locations--the one in Talkeetna is pretty popular, there is one at Meiers Lake, Sourdough, Petersville and so on.

Fondest memory: I just find these little pieces of history fascinating. Probably because they were meant for travelers of the past. I wonder what stories were told here and what trouble people may have gotten into;-)

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 1, 2007
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