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Talkeetna, Alaska is between Anchorage and Fairbanks, 14 miles off the Parks Highway. It is the closest town in Alaska to Mt. McKinley, with only a 60 mile flight to the summit.
115 miles north of Anchorage (approx. 2 1/2 hours drive)
The key to comfort in Alaska in the summer is wearing layers of clothing. Bring a jacket or sweater you can slip on and off as the day gets hotter or cooler, plus a rain jacket that can double as a windbreaker. Comfortable walking shoes and warm socks are appropriate for all seasons and are a must. Casual wear is welcome virtually everywhere. Bug repellant, a hat, sunglasses and extra film are also very useful. If you are going to be taking a cruise or spending any time out on the water I would recommend a pair of gloves, light scarf and even a hat, so that you can enjoy the outdoors even if the weather is cool.
June, July and August - Alaskan summer weather can very greatly from blazing hot sun until midnight, to freezing rain and even snow! We can get long stretches of rain and drizzle, so be prepared with raingear. It is definitely the busiest time of the year for Alaskans with long days that fade into just a few hours of twilight.
September, October - Fall comes in September and goes fast. The trees usually change color and drop their leaves within a week. By mid-October the snow starts falling and we are rapidly losing light.
November thru March - The depths of the Alaskan winter. Usually plentiful snow in Talkeetna. Great for cross-country skiing, dogsledding, Aurora viewing, and socializing with friends. If you come to Talkeetna in winter, you'll experience "the real thing".
March is a particularly nice month to come up and experience the winter for many
April, May - Some call it "breakup", some
call it "mud season". It's sloppy with all the winter's snow
melting, but the exciting smell of spring is in the air, and the days are
getting longer and longer... The majority of Talkeetna hotels and B&B's re-open in April and May if they were closed in the winter.
Yes! There can be. It varies every year depending on the weather and which part of the state your in. Prepare yourself with bug spray, and/or a head net if your going to be spending time out in the backcountry. June is generally the most intense month for mosquitoes.
I think the view from the Talkeetna overlook (on the Talkeetna Spur Road just before you reach downtown) on a clear day is unsurpassed!
You have a good chance of seeing animals on the river rafting and jet boat trips that go out of Talkeetna. You might also see moose, bears, and trumpeter swans from the plane on a McKinley Flightseeing Tour , but they will look small and far away. Otherwise, your best bet is the early bus tours or shuttle buses that go out into Denali Park. The Denali Park Road is a major "thru-way" for wildlife. Talkeetna Travel can arrange your lodging and activities in Denali Park. Please email or call us for more info.
Any place where you have open sky, away from the lights of a city, and of course it must be dark.
That eliminates May, June, and July. Sometimes you can catch a display on
a late August night. Some people travel to Alaska in the winter to
heighten their opportunity to see a good Aurora display. If you catch it
on the right night, oh, what a pleasure!
Yes and no. Denali National Park bus trips (within the park) must be arranged directly through the Park Service. Talkeetna Travel CAN arrange day trips from Talkeetna or day trips to Kantishna, within the park.
Yes, absolutely! We book Denali Park hotels, lodges, bandb's, and vacation rentals, as well as lodging all over the state of Alaska. Please describe your needs over the phone or by email .
The Talkeetna Moose Dropping Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, usually the second weekend in July. (Please note the Moose Dropping Festival did not take place in 2010. It may or may not take place in 2011 and beyond.) It's a wonderful small-town event, with music in the Village Park, lots of vendors, a softball tournament, the "Mountain Mommas" contest, and the famous Moose Drop, where you buy a numbered moose dropping (yes, they're real!) which gets dropped from a crane, and the closest poop to the center of a big x in the VFW parking lot wins half the pot. It's difficult to get lodging and Denali flightseeing that weekend, so book early!!
No, but there are several shuttle services available. Please call or email Talkeetna Travel for more information.
Click here for a list of fun and interesting things to do that cost little or nothing. You can watch your budget and dig deeper into the "real Talkeetna" than most visitors.
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