Talkeetna Travel Guide

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Talkeetna Highlights

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     Charming touristy town full of lakes and nearby rivers 

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     We didn't have time to do any fishing! 

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     It's what Alaska is all about 

Talkeetna Things to Do

  • HUDSON AIR-oldest and best flight show...

    The classic Talkeetna getaway involves a flight up through Denali. Hudson Air was friendly and our pilot, Jock, was the best. (This from a guy who HATES to fly). We felt safe and comfortable with Jock, and he did not try to take advantage of my queasiness with sudden or dazzling flight maneuvers.

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  • Denali Air Taxi - Glacier Landing!

    We awoke at 08:30 and saw some blue sky. After being cloudy the previous day we took the plunge and booked a flight past Mt McKinley and a glacier landing…if we were lucky.We booked with Denali Air Taxi and Rico, our pilot sets off with 6 passengers. The flight costs were dependant on whether we were lucky enough to get good enough weather for a...

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  • Talkeetna Historical Museum

    We popped in here just in time to catch the twice daily ranger talk on the varoius ways of climbing up Mount McKinley (Denali). One of the cabins has a great mountain exhibit room which shows you in detail a three dimensional model of the mountain and surrounding area.There was a question raised about the name the mountain. "Is it called McKinley...

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  • Byers Lake Nature Walk

    This is a very low impact walk! Don't expect to get winded at all! They stop to do the nature talk and take their time. It's informative to those who might not know the natural history or even local history of the McKinley area. It is a 2 1/2 hour nature walk along Byers Lake. You see an old trappers/ homestead cabin. Nice history lesson here. Very...

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  • Mahay's Riverboat

    This is a nice trip. The one I took was the Three Rivers Tour on the jetboat. The rivers traveled are: the Talkeetna, Chulitna, and Susitna. The tour lasts 3 1/2 hours...but maybe more! They do drop off Cruise people at the Princess Lodge at the 3 1/2 hour point...and then it takes a good 45 minutes to get back to Talkeetna. that part was great as...

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  • Sun Dog Kennels - Iditarod Dogs

    We had an excellent time at the kennels. We were picked up in downtown Talkeetna and taken to the home of Jerry Sousa and his family. Once there, we were given a talk and demonstration of dog sledging and then it was off to hook up the dogs, attaching them to a summer sledge with wheels, and then off for a training run in the local rods and woods....

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Talkeetna Restaurants

  • Best Food in Town !!

    We stayed in town recently on a grand tour of Alaska. Tried several restaurants that line the 200 yard long Main Street. By far we found it to be the highest quality with reasonably good prices. Their burgers (1/2lb) with fries were outstanding; but the most outstanding meal was the fresh grilled Halibut Sandwich.The Pub is filled with photos of...

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  • Awesome Breakfast

    A very friendly restaurant in a rambling older house on the main street of Talkeetna. It is family style seating and every table feels like a kitchen table at home. As soon as you enter the bakery kitchen is on the left and directly after that is the main kitchen, both fronted by display cases full of fresh baked goods. The tables are spread out...

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  • Best place in Talkeetna

    The best place to eat in Historic Talkeetna is 'Mountain High Pizza Pie' located right on Main Street. The place is painted in a shade of purple that accents the unique quaint city of Talkeetna. The food is so appetizing and prepared fresh in a friendly atmosphere with excellent service. They serve a great variety of delicious pizza pies, mouth...

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  • Reindeer Lettuce and Tomato!

    We had lunch here to refuel after our glacier flight and came back to restock supplies before taking the train back to Anchorage.A definate stop of place before taking off into the wilds. The Cinnamon Rolls were huge and very tasty. We also went for the RLT, Reindeer, Lettuce and Tomato!We came back to pick up two huge pieces of mixed berry and...

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  • Why would you eat anywhere else in...

    We had breakfast at the Roadhouse and enjoyed the cozy ambiance as much as the food. Portions were on the large to very large size and the staff was very hospitable. Service was excellent. The place is rustic with a rock fireplace and lots of historic memorabilia/photographs. The building was built in 1917 and it is an inn as well as a restaurant....

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  • Funky Place to Hang Out and Eat

    This is a great little restaurant located just off Main Street, behind the General Store. Its a great pub, serving 11 draught beers, mostly Alaskan. Don't forget to try the Ice Axe Ale...9% alcohol !! They'll only serve you two pint glasses. Our favorite food during our three day stay were the fresh Halibut and Salmon sandwiches as-well-as the...

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Talkeetna Nightlife

  • Biggest Game in town

    Okay, maybe nightclub is a bit fancy for this joint.. but it does have drinking and dancing! The Fairview Inn was built in 1923, and still retains a few rooms upstairs... the downstairs features a small but sincere dance floor and a beer garden out back with another small bar on busy nights. The music is usually live, and on Sundays you can rely on...

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  • Talkeetna Sand Bar Hopping

    This is the kind of nighttime activity I could participate when I was a child. Here is my niece hopping across a small stream between sandbars. As you can see, Talkeetna provides a good spot to watch the sun set behind Denali. Rubber Boots are not required, but considered good advice!

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  • On The Big Weekends It's An Anchorage...

    I lived in Talkeetna when I was too young to visit the inside of this establishment. But I knew that the outside of the building is prime nesting spot for hundreds of swallows each spring. Don't park your car under this building in the summertime. As an adult I've spent a few evenings in the Fairview and had great fun dancing and partying until the...

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Talkeetna Transportation

  • The Alaskan Railroad

    We travelled to Talkeetna on the Alaskan Railroad. It's a great way to see the countryside in all its beauty.Each carriage has it's own guide who is there to help in anyway they can, from telling how long the journey will take, to helping you spot animals on the way, in fact they even will stop the train if there's something worthwhile to look...

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  • Talkeetna Air Taxi

    A really great air service in Talkeetna. Talkeetna Air Taxi provides scenic flights around Denali National Park, as well as glacier landings for climbing Mt. McKinley and other area mountains. Their staff was extreemly friendly and they work hard to make your plans work. In addition, they have a free bunk house for climbers returning from a climb...

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  • Talkeetna Air Taxi

    Since most of Alaska is not accessible by car, float planes are a popular mode of transportation. Talkeetna is the starting point for many excursions to Denali. As a result, several air taxi businesses have set up shop here and spend their summers transporting tourists and climbers to and from the mountain.

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Talkeetna Shopping

  • Real Made in Alaska Gifts no import junk

    Well after going in All the town with all the China stuff, I'm like I came 4,000 miles for this. I can get this junk on the Ship. Then the driver told me of a little shop just out of town, Her name is Maris she make Dolls & all king of things from Alaska made with things FROM Alaska, Fur Moose Beaver, you name it & She will make you what you want...

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  • A One Stop Shop

    This is a one stop shop with all of your needs catered for. We simply took a look around and were amazed at the stock it had.

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  • Splendid Soapstone Fisherman

    We went along to the local Open Air Market in Talkeetna. It had some great local arts and crafts made by local people. I bought a beautiful carved figure made out of soapstone from a local artist. He was a young lad who had learnt his trade from his father. He told us that he liked to travel around Europe during the harsh Alaskan winter especially...

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Talkeetna Local Customs

  • Ring the bell in the Fairview

    Wanna be a local hero on a small pocketbook? Walk into the Fairview in the last afternoon when only a few locals are drinking and ring the bell! Congrats, you've just bought a round for everyone! Drink prices are very reasonable, so talk to your new friends!

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  • HUDSON AIR TAXI-Denali Veterans

    Hudson Air was there before all of the others. Even their logos trigger those of the 1940's. They have served this town as transportation since, and have spent more years putting people on the mountain (and, more importantly, bringing them OFF of it!) than any other flight service in the area. A Talkeetna Icon. One pilot in particular, who goes by...

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  • Mother of the Mountain

    We read about this from a local paper over lunch in the Roadhouse and it sounds like one hell of a marathon. It was a pity we couldn't see the race in action.This is a race between the local mothers1) Sprint with grocery bags across logs and rock, simulating a river crossing2) Chop log into quarters3) Put logs in wheelbarrow and run to archery...

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Talkeetna Warnings and Dangers

  • Alaskan Bush

    Talkeetna is a comparatively tiny village that thrives on tourism during the summer seasons, but many of the outlying areas are also private property. Supposing you intend to hike on its public lands, be aware that the vegetation in Alaska is enough to trip a horse, much less a bipedal intruder. Areas not permanently trampled by the local...

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  • weather

    weather can be primarily rainy, but we have found that the best weather here (and we have been here for 8 years now) is during mid July. The temps in the interior can reach upper 90's, Anchorage bowl- mid 80's, Kenai peninsula- mid 80's. In fact more years than not this has been the case. We spend the beginning of every july in Talkeetna, always...

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  • Don't Feed the Moose

    When I was a kid one winter a couple of calves whose mother was killed by the train hung out in our yard. They begged for food, and we fed them so they stayed. Both died though, one got hit by the train and the other had to be put down when it developed an inner-ear problem and started walking in circles. There was no denying they were wild...

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Talkeetna Off The Beaten Path

  • Fish Lake

    Fish Lake is one of the larger lakes in the Talkeetna area (among so many that are unnamed). Fishing and flightseeing are typical for this kind of locale, but travelers to Denali and townies looking for peace and solitude can find picnic areas around the lake (accessible by plane or the Talkeetna Spur Road).

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  • X-Y Lakes

    The X-Y Lakes are a little harder to find than Fish Lake. Taking a little offshoot from the Talkeetna Spur Road, you'll have to keep a sharp eye for the actual lake, which sits behind a screen of spruce trees on your right. There are limited landings, and mosquitoes are a horrific problem in the summer, but the lake is a peaceful and beautiful...

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  • Susitna River Valley

    The Susitna is one of the major waterways in Alaska. Unlike the wild and scenic rivers throughout the state or the channeled braids of the interior, the Susitna is enormous and very wide bank to bank. Rafting is possible on the river, and camping is a local custom on its banks, but by and large the Susitna is easier to contemplate than negotiate...

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Talkeetna Sports & Outdoors

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    Talkeetna River Guides

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    This is only one of a number of outfitters in Talkeetna that promises tailor-made excursions into the Alaskan interior. Fishing and rafting trips with competent guides are their particular specialty. With a number of substantial rivers in the area and a wealth of fishing holes, Talkeetna River guides is a sensible stop in planning a memorable and exciting trip to the area waterways.

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Talkeetna Favorites

  • Flexability is key

    The weather can change quite a bit. Try not to rush in and out of town with a set schedule...you might not get to do what you set out to accomplish. Particularly important if you are wanting to flightsee to Denali. Clouds can cover Denali much of the time. You might have to wait until clouds lift later in the day, or even wait for another day if...

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  • Primitive and Pristine

    With most travelers heading northward to Denali and Fairbanks, traffic in Talkeetna is limited. Outside of town proper there are very few indications of man's existence, save the occasional string of telephone wires that almost but not entirely subsides in the plushest settings. Wherever you travel by foot in Talkeetna's environs, expect to beat...

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  • Perfect Wildlife Habitat

    As a tiny enclave in the center of the state, Talkeetna is positioned to get its share of mammalian intruders, including moose and grizzly bears. Low-lying waterways, numerous lakes and ponds, intense vegetation and slow-moving creeks provide a wealth of vegetable forage for both the larger species, as well as proteins in the form of fish and...

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