Margaret Fallone of Rosie Moments Travel stops to visit a local moose in Talkeetna!

Talkeetna is a colorful and interesting town about 14 miles off the Parks Highway. With breathtaking views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range, Talkeetna looks out over a broad valley where the Susitna, Talkeetna and Chulitna rivers meet.

Gold brought miners to the Susitna River in 1896 and by 1901 Talkeetna was a miner's supply center and eventually a riverboat station. In 1915, it became the headquarters for building the railroad north. Today, Talkeetna draws anglers, adventurers, recreation seekers and climbers, who use the town as a staging area for ascents of Mt. McKinley.

Talkeetna retains much of its early Alaskan flavor with its narrow dirt roads that are lined by log cabins and clapboard buildings and houses. Main Street, the only paved road in town, begins with a "Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna' sign at the town park and ends at the banks of the Susitna River.

A block south of Main Street is the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, a small complex that consists of four restored buildings. In the town's 1935 schoolhouse is an exhibit devoted to Don Sheldon, the bush pilot who pioneered landing climbers high on Mt. McKinley's glaciers for a better shot at the peak, along with trapping and mining artifacts. There is also a fully furnished trapper's cabin and a train depot. (from Travel Alaska)

To find cruise tours that stop in Talkeetna, call Margaret Fallone, our Alaska Destination Specialist at 586-596-9400 or email

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