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  • Writer's pictureLynn Lovegreen

Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna is a gem of a small town in Alaska. It is between Anchorage and Denali National Park and Preserve on the Parks Highway, making it a great stop on a longer trip, or a nice day trip from Anchorage.


Talkeeetna is at the confluence of the Susitna, Chulitna, and Talkeetna Rivers. The area has been frequented by the indigenous Athabascans for hundreds of years, and it started as a town in 1916 as a district headquarters for the Alaska Railroad. Nowadays, tourism is a big part of the economy, and it's also a starting point for mountaineers who catch flights from Talkeetna to climb Denali. Artists and homesteaders live in the area, too. The locals can be a bit quirky, but I would be too if I had to endure those cold winters. And it makes for a charming and beautiful place to visit.


Recently, I traveled there for a writing retreat. Enjoy a few photos!



Log cabin with wood-cladding siding
The cabin I stayed in


Rustic sign at stop sign: welcome to beautiful downtown Talkeetna
Welcome to beautiful downtown Talkeetna!



Old-fashioned building with Nagley's Store Talkeetna Alaska sign
Nagley's, a quaint general store



River with ice on its banks, white mountain peaks in background
Susitna River with Mt. Hunter and Denali in the background



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