Denali State Park

Because of its vicinity to Mt. McKinley, Denali State Park provides outstanding views of “the mountain” throughout much of its 325,000 acres.  Most visitors to Denali State Park access the park at Byer’s Lake which has a campground, day parking, and is the base for both lake kayaking and guided hiking operations. Both of which are provided by local guide services. Transportation is available from nearby McKinley Princess Lodge which is also located within the state park, about 16 miles south of Byer’s Lake. (more…)

Glacier Landing on Mt. McKinley

Talkeetna, Alaska is the departure location for climbers attempting to ascend Mt. McKinley, and Talkeetna is a great place to visit enroute to Denali as well. On a recent trip to Talkeetna my friends and I took a flightseeing trip of Denali National Park which included a landing on Mt. McKinley’s Ruth Glacier. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to do some flight seeing. The sun was shining high in the clear blue sky, and Mt. McKinley loomed in the distance. Clear as a bell, the sunlight sparkled off of her snowcapped peaks only magnifying her natural beauty and grandeur. As we walked towards K2’s Talkeetna office, I could feel the anticipation and excitement building inside me. This was going to be my first time ever flying in a small fixed-wing plane. As my friends and I completed the check-in process I began to notice that although I was still really excited, some of that excitement had turned into slight apprehension but as soon as we lifted off the nervousness quickly was forgotten. (more…)

Talkeetna Alaska Eats

When the opportunity arises, I spend a lot of time in Talkeetna Alaska and enjoy visiting with friends at the local restaurants and pubs. For the size of Talkeetna they have a lot to offer a hungry appetite.

Whether you are in Talkeetna on a fishing excursion or perhaps visiting overnight at a Talkeetna lodge, a typical morning in Talkeetna should start with a trip down to the Historic Talkeetna Roadhouse on Main Street. The Roadhouse offers a standard breakfast which comes piled high with eggs, potatoes, and bacon or reindeer sausage (traditional Alaskan sausage made from caribou meat). If that’s not quite your fare they also offer biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, and of course blueberry pancakes. These options are quite delicious and portions are huge so come hungry. If you don’t have time to wait, they offer a large selection of delicious pastry’s to go. Everything from a selection of homemade pies to my personal favorite the raspberry cinnamon rolls. Tables are all family style so you may find yourself seated next to a fellow tourist, a long time Talkeetna local or one of the many mountain climbers. Climbers come to the small town of Talkeetna in pursuit of the highest point in North America, Mt McKinley. The Roadhouse is sure to offer an eclectic Alaska atmosphere and a hearty meal. This is sure to be a one of a kind Alaska dining experience. (more…)

Visit to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

What a true delight on a busy scheduled trip to stop at such a small quaint Alaskan town. Talkeetna Alaska is probably one of our family favorites along the Parks Highway. Just turning off the Parks Highway and beginning your journey along the Talkeetna Spur Road you just hope that your one of the lucky whom get to see Mt. McKinley. There are several opportunities to see the Alaska Range from the 12 miles you drive to get to the lodge. The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is very well kept up and its presentation at the entrance entices you to think of an expensive summer resort destination located in the hearty woods of Alaska. I recommend staying in one of their mountain-view rooms since they are located facing the Alaska Range. Even if the weather is not the best it is still a nice view overlooking the Talkeetna valley. My youngest son (age 12) also liked the mountain-view room since he can watch all of the small bush planes flying around during various flight-seeing tours offered in Talkeetna. The front desk staff is friendly and before we know it the luggage crew is offering to assist with our bags. The rooms are spacious and I like the subtle touch of having the small vanity with fresh cotton balls or q-tips on the counter. It just adds to the somewhat personal touch you can feel among the lodge. (more…)

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