Shops and restaurants along main street in downtown Talkeetna.

Things to Do in Talkeetna

The South Denali adventure basecamp and launching point for expeditions to the big mountains.

Guests experiencing spectacular views from a glacier landing.

Things to Do in Talkeetna

The South Denali adventure basecamp and launching point for expeditions to the big mountains.

Talkeetna Lakes hike.

Things to Do in Talkeetna

The South Denali adventure basecamp and launching point for expeditions to the big mountains.

Ground school at Denali Zipline near Talkeetna.

Things to Do in Talkeetna

The South Denali adventure basecamp and launching point for expeditions to the big mountains.

Quirky shops lining Talkeetna's Main Street.

Things to Do in Talkeetna

The South Denali adventure basecamp and launching point for expeditions to the big mountains.

Talkeetna Things to Do

It can be hard to decide what to do first in Talkeetna, a small town midway between Anchorage and Denali National Park. Here's a start: Talkeetna is one of best places to view mighty Denali and is famous for its flightseeing. The Denali Experience flightseeing tour takes off from the Talkeetna airport and soars into the Alaska Range for an hour among some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain landscapes in the world. For an added thrill, add a glacier landing to your flight.

Talkeetna sits at the confluence of three rivers, the Susitna, Talkeetna, and Chulitna. They run like thoroughfares through the densely forested region, so traveling on them gives you access to some pretty remarkable places you wouldn't otherwise see. Choose the Talkeetna Jet Boat Devil's Canyon Tour to travel the silty Susitna River as it winds south and west into a tight gorge aptly named "Devil's Canyon." A shorter Wilderness Jet Boat Tour is also available.

Alaska's state sport is dog mushing, and Talkeetna offers an opportunity to learn more about the teams that take to the trails each winter. The Talkeetna Sled Dog Kennel Tour goes to a working sled dog kennel, complete with a lesson in harnessing and caring for these beloved canine athletes.

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Looking for an escape into the forest? The guided Talkeetna Lakes Hike is a wonderful stroll around a quiet lakeside trail and the perfect respite from a busy day. Look for moose and migrating waterfowl and learn about the plants growing around this placid lake under the tutelage of an experienced naturalist guide. The lake area also provides excellent terrain for beginner to moderate mountain biking, with rentals available in downtown Talkeetna.

You could also take to the treetops on the Denali Zipline Talkeetna Tour and capture a breathtaking view of North America's highest peak on a clear day.

Talkeetna is accessible by the Alaska Railroad or by highway. One northbound and one southbound train serve the Talkeetna Depot daily. The Park Connection Motorcoach offers twice daily service into Talkeetna with stops at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and downtown.

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Things to Do in Talkeetna