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August 17, 2011 / mws

Top 10 Towns to Visit…#10 Talkeetna

10.  Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna is located at the base of Mt. McKinley and there are several places in the town that offer flights to the 20,320 foot summit as well as flights with glacier landings.  Hiking, fishing and hunting, dog sledding, horseback riding and river tours are popular activities that are also based around this area.  Many visitors to Alaska use Talkeetna as a halfway point between Anchorage and Denali National Park. Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Talkeetna is a scheduled stop on the Alaska Railroad, and is about 80 miles north of Anchorage. Just outside of town is the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge where you can sit on the back deck and if you’re weather-lucky, gaze at majestic Denali!   

This town defines quirky.  It is a very small village, but has tremendous character.  There are hotels, B & B’s and restaurants. 

One of the most outstanding landmarks is the famous Roadhouse restaurant.   The breakfast at the Roadhouse is legendary. 

The Roadhouse, Talkeetna, AlaskaYou sit at community tables and order from the daily blackboard menu.  Most people request a ½ order and gawk at the huge amount of food when the order arrives.   There are great conversational opportunities as you dine with other visitors to the area and learn about their travel experiences.  On the way out, most diners pick up some of the famous bakery items.Downtown shopping in Talkeetna Alaska

Shopping in Talkeetna has that Alaskan flavor and the shops and galleries are nicely decorated with attractive flowers. Though I’ve never had an opportunity to attend, in July,Talkeetna hosts an annual Moose Dropping Festival. 

 What could be more fun than a visit to Talkeetna?


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