Talkeetna Alaska Things to Do Summer and Winter

Is it possible to fall more in love with a place after visiting for a 3rd time?

Yes! This was my 3rd trip to the small community of Talkeetna Alaska, but my first visit in the winter. Talkeetna has always been one of my favorite small communities in Alaska . This once popular Denali climbing hub, has grown into a popular stop for people going between Fairbanks and Anchorage on the beautiful Parks Highway.

Slightly off the beaten path, you’ll need to take the spur road off the Parks Highway about 15 miles to where the spur road essentially ends. Here you’ll turn onto Main Street and be greeted by Talkeetna’s small town charm, not to mention their welcome sign.

Tip: The Alaska Railroad also stops in Talkeetna on their Denali Star Line.

The 3 block Main Street ends at the river one of the highlights of the area, and a place for great views of Denali National Park peaks. Along the Main Street you’ll find a few historic buildings, a few restaurants, some gift shops, climbing shops, and that’s it. It has an abundance of great bakeries (it seems like a requirement for a small town!), history, charm, and most importantly to me – outdoor adventures and things to do.

Talkeetna is the Gateway to Denali National Park

Talkeetna lies 100 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve and it seems to be the place where it all starts. There’s a lot of backcountry between the park and Talkeetna, so it’s one of the last main stops before the park when coming from the south.

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