Quintessential Alaska pioneer town halfway to Denali. Ideal combo of outdoor recreation and small-town relaxation, plus stunning McKinley views. Alaska's best flightseeing, great fishing, and river tours: just a couple reasons we recommend you spend at least one night in Talkeetna, a classic Alaska pioneer town halfway between Anchorage and Denali. You're actually closer to Mt. McKinley from here (as the crow flies) than if you stood at the entrance to Denali National Park. In other words, if you want a taste of Denali Park but are pressed for time, consider visiting Talkeetna instead.