Talkeetna is located 115 miles north of Anchorage off the George Parks Highway. The town began as a trading post for miners and grew in the early 1900s with the development of the Alaska Railroad. Until the road was completed in 1964, Talkeetna was bush town accessible only by boat, plane, or dogsled in the winter.
Visitors come to Talkeetna for its quirky frontier-town charm, history (the whole downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places), views of Denali, fishing, boat tours, flightseeing, and access to Mt. McKinley for mountain climbing.
As the town nearest Mt. McKinley, Talkeetna is the jumping-off point for many mountain climbers. Flightseeing tours can fly over the climbers' base camp at the 7,200-foot level of the Kahiltna Glacier, go all the way up to Denali's summit, and sometimes land on one of the glaciers. You can also take a float plane to a remote location for a day hike in the wilderness.
Situated at the confluence of the Susitna, Chulitna, and Talkeetna rivers, options for boat tours are many. Explore the backcountry and enjoy great views of Denali and the Alaska Range.
Board a floatplane for one of the most scenic flights on earth combined with the most exclusive wilderness hike in Alaska.
Investigate local natural and cultural history while exploring Talkeetna's three rivers.
Flightseeing over Denali National Park gives you a bird's-eye view of its incredible vastness and awesome beauty.