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Talkeetna Alaska

I have now been to Talkeetna twice.  Talkeetna sits at the end of the Talkeetna Spur Road about 14 miles north off the Parks Highway, roughly four hours south of Fairbanks and two hours north of Anchorage.  It is a funky little town, a blend of old and new, a base for  Mt McKinley climbing expeditions in the spring and Mt McKinley flightseeing in the summer as well as other tourist activities.  It is also a great place from which to view Mt McKinley, if you are fortunate enough to be there when the weather permits.  I’m pretty confident Talkeetna makes its own entertainment as well.  Usually when we pass the turnoff for Talkeetna we are going to Anchorage or returning home and always in a hurry.

Several years ago we spent a couple days there with some friends who were visiting, mainly so we could take a flightseeing tour with K2 Aviation.  The tour was a highlight, but we passed the town off as a funky place and said , “been there, done that!”  This year, a new attraction opened, Denali Zipline Tours, and Talkeetna was once again on our list of places to go.  We finally made it last weekend, combined with a trip to Denali Park.  This time we were by ourselves and had the time to explore a bit after the zipline. The zipline tour was fun, and I’d definitely do it again. The weather was perfect, allowing us magnificent views of Mt McKinley and the Alaska Range from the zipline platforms as well as from several other places in town,  including our room at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.  After the van deposited us at the tour office in downtown Talkeetna following the tour, we walked across the street to the Denali Brewing Company and had some of the best nachos I’ve ever had and an ice cold glass of Single Engine Red, a tasty red ale named to celebrate Talkeetna’s aviation history.  I hope I can find it in Fairbanks, if not, we’ll have to make a detour to Talkeetna for a growler or two when we’re headed to Anchorage!  I have to say, Alaska has some awesome breweries.


Welcome to Talkeetna!


Denali Brewing Company in downtown Talkeetna, Alaska


More Photos of Downtown Talkeetna


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