Talkeetna is a quaint town of about 800 residents located about 14 miles off the Parks Highway. Talkeetna is 115 miles north of Anchorage, an easy 2.5 hour drive. The town is located near the confluence of three rivers – the Susitna, Chulitna, and Talkeetna Rivers. The town features amazing views of the Alaska Range including full views of Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest peak at 20,320 feet. Talkeetna serves as the launching point for most Mt. McKinley climbing expeditions.
Gold brought miners to the area in 1898 and by 1901 Talkeetna was a supply center for miners. In 1915 the town served as headquarters for the development of the Alaska Railroad north. Much of downtown Talkeetna is designated as a National Historic Site. Mountain climbing, fishing and tourism are the primary industries of the town.
We recommend a Mt. McKinley flightseeing adventure with K2 Aviation during your stay in Talkeetna. Visit a local dog sled kennel or take a jetboat ride or fishing charter on the rivers surrounding the town.