Why This Trip?
This trip begins in Alaska's largest city and then takes you by rental car or train to the quaint, authentic pioneer town of Talkeetna.
Surrounded by wilderness, Talkeetna offers all sorts of options for outdoor adventures that let you explore the majesty of Alaska. It's also one of the best places to take a flightseeing tour of Denali (Mt. McKinley), due to its proximity to the mountain.
We recommend two nights to give you ample time to flightsee, hike the local trails, and get out on the water to raft, enjoy a jet boat ride, or fish.
Arrive in Anchorage - Day in Talkeetna
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After your arrival in Anchorage, pick up your rental car for the 2-hour drive or hop on the Alaska Railroad for the 3-hour train ride to Talkeetna...keep an eye out for the mountain peak of Denali along the way!. Stroll around town to get your bearings and sample some of the great bars and restaurants. This evening, you'll enjoy a real thrill: a flightseeing trip where you'll get an up-close view of Denali—North America's tallest mountain.
Day & Overnight in Talkeetna
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From Talkeetna, it's easy to quickly go deep into the Alaskan backcountry—especially if you travel by boat. Enjoy an exciting jet-boat ride with Mahays, which speeds you along the water; you can also opt for a rafting tour, which offers you the choice of a mellow float trip or fast-running whitewater. In the evening, take a guided walk with Alaska Nature Guides; you'll learn lots about this unique area, and of course have the opportunity to spot wildlife.
Travel from Talkeetna to Anchorage
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Begin your final day here with breakfast at a local legend: the Talkeetna Roadhouse, which has been around since the early 20th century. You'll be properly fueled up for your drive or train ride back to Anchorage. If you're driving, make a fun stop along the way at the Musk Ox Farm or Reindeer Farm in the Palmer/Wasilla area. Here you'll get the unique chance to see these gorgeous creatures up close!