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Maximizing Time in Talkeetna

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A September 2010 trip to Talkeetna by MilwVon

Grand Denali Tour Photo, Talkeetna, Alaska More Photos
Quote: With just about 24 hours in town, there were so many things we wanted to see and do. It was a nice stopping point between Denali National Park and Palmer (and the AK State Fair).

A Little About Talkeetna

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Wildflower Cafe Photo, Talkeetna, Alaska
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We learned that there are some 800 year 'round residents here, mostly tied in some fashion to the tourism trade in the community. While you might not think that they have much in the winter, this is sled dog mushing country so I'm sure there are some businesses that stay open year round. Many however, do not. The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, as an example, will close for the season after September 17th . . . reopening next spring.The Talkeetna Spur Road is about 16 miles from Parks Highway, and pretty much dead ends in town on Main Street. Throughout the town there are small businesses including gift shops, restaurants, B&B's and the Talkeetna Roadhouse. The Roadhouse offers old roadh...Read More

Grand Denali Tour

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Attraction | "Another Fantastic Way to See Denali National Park"

Grand Denali Tour Photo, Talkeetna, Alaska
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K2 Aviation is based in Talkeetna and serves as one of the best departure locations for a Denali flightseeing tour. They offer several options of varying flight times around Mt. Denali, most with the option of a glacier landing for an additional $75 (also adding 30 minutes to your flightseeing tour). The tour we took was the Grand Denali Tour which was two hours (including the glacier landing).They say if you don't like the weather in Alaska, give it an hour . . . or drive about an hour in some other direction. Wednesday in Talkeetna was a good example. K2 had high expectations of being able to get out if the fog around the town airport cleared, so we were told to come on down around 10:...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2010

Grand Denali Tour
Talkeetna State Airport
Talkeetna, Alaska 99676
907.733.2218

Mahay's Riverboat Service

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Attraction | "A Relaxing and Educational Afternoon"

Mahay's Riverboat Service Photo, Talkeetna, Alaska
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Talkeetna is located where three rivers, the Talkeetna, Chulitna and Susitna converge. What better place to establish a tour operation featuring fishing and river tours. I first learned of Mahay’s on the television show "Extreme Alaska" although we opted for a more peaceful tour than their high-speed extreme jet boat ride, the Devil’s Canyon Adventure.Our boat captain was Israel, assisted by naturalist Conner. Both young men provided a lot of local knowledge and perspective on life here in the river valley. Along the way we saw a lot of bald eagles. We also saw several black bears scampering into the hillside as our airboat made its (loud) way down the river. We also had the opportun...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2010

Mahay's Riverboat Service
Main St.
Talkeetna, Alaska 99676
(800) 736-2210

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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Hotel | "Wonderful Location with a Great View"

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Photo, Talkeetna, Alaska
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They market themselves with the bold "Denali is our backyard" and if you’re lucky and the mountain’s out, you’ll see why Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is a favorite spot to take in Mt. Denali (aka Mt. McKinley) in all her grandeur. For us, the weather wasn’t very good, but we did have a 20 minute window of opportunity to see and photograph the mountain before heading down for breakfast on Wednesday morning. The location, however, high atop the hillside does provide for a great vantage point overlooking the forest below and mountain range beyond.The beautiful grounds include the main lodge plus six cabin type lodges providing a variety of accommodations (212 rooms in total) from the basic to sui...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2010

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
23601 Talkeetna Spur Road
Talkeetna, Alaska 99696
(907) 733-9500

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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Restaurant | "Nice On-Site Dining"

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Photo, Talkeetna, Alaska
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The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers two dining options for their guests . . . the cozy casual dining of Base Camp Bistro and the more upscale Foraker Dining Room. While both are advertised as open for breakfast and dinner, the Bistro was closed for both during our stay. I can only guess that would be because of the seasonal slowdown or perhaps special meal events for their guests with Princess Cruises. That being said, the view from inside the Foraker is lovely, taking the entire range to include Mt. Denali.For our evening meal both David and I enjoyed the chicken served with Yukon mashed potatoes, steamed broccolini (a hybrid variation of the large floret type broccoli) and a bread bask...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2010

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Mile 12.5 Talkeetna Spur Road
Talkeetna, Alaska
907 265 4501

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MilwVon

MilwVon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin