Just about halfway between Anchorage and the entrance to Denali National Park, Talkeetna is known as the "Gateway to Denali." You'll find out what to do there, where to stay, how long to visit, and more, from the most frequently asked questions below. Don't see your question? Please contact us online or call us at 800-208-0200.
Talkeetna is about 115 miles north of Anchorage near the confluence of three major glacial rivers. Please follow the links below for all the details on traveling from Talkeetna.
Because it is so close to Denali, some of the best hotels in Talkeetna are those with a view of the mountain. See our Talkeetna lodging listing for options.
Talkeetna is only about 40 miles by air from Denali, North America's tallest mountain. One of the best things to do while in Talkeetna is a flightseeing tour into the mountains surrounding Denali. There are also fun river jet boat trips, sled dog kennel tours, and even zipline excursions. Please visit our Talkeetna things to do page for a full list.
Talkeetna is very small and quite walkable, although many of its accommodations are located outside of town. You should check with your hotel to see if they offer a shuttle service. If they don't, there is a casual taxi service in Talkeetna you can try to use. Most day tour companies in Talkeetna offer hotel pickups depending on where you are staying.
There are a lot of reasons to like Talkeetna (quaint, eclectic, views of Denali), but among locals the tiny town's many restaurants top that list. For breakfast, we recommend the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Their fresh pasties also make for great midday snacks. The Denali Brewpub serves tasty pub fare, and pours craft beer brewed down the road at the Denali Brewing Company. If you're in search of an afternoon pick me up, walk down Main Street to Conscious Coffee for an espresso. We have dinner favorites, too. Check those out in this full Talkeetna eats article.