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  • Attractions

    Museum of Northern Adventure

    Featuring life-sized figures and sounds, Alaska's history is presented using 24 dioramas. This building, which is an historic railroad building, has exhibits on homesteading in Alaska, prospecting wildlife and famous characters. There is also a gift shop specializing in totems and Eskimo dolls. Open daily.

    Talkeetna Historical Society Museum

    Once a one-room school house, this structure now houses this museum. On display are historical items and library, local art and a display featuring Don Shelton, famous bush pilot. An impressive model of Mount McKinley and a climbing display complete the exhibit.

    Talkeetna/Denali Visitors Center

    Located at the junction of Talkeetna Spur Road and the Parks Highway, this visitor center offers information and bookings on area recreational activities. Included are fishing, flightseeing, rafting, lodging and Denali National Park and Preserve.

  • Shopping

    Denali Dry Goods/Denali Floats

    Siberian imports, ivory, soapstone, Native handicrafts, books, health foods and woolens are the wares at the "old Alaska" store.

    Mary Carey's Fiddlehead Fern Farm

    Just one mile off Parks Highway on the Talkeetna Spur Road, this fern farm features cookbooks by Mary Carey who is a famed Alaskan author and area legend. Pickled, frozen and fresh ferns are available.

    Village Arts and Crafts

    Situated in downtown Talkeetna, this gift shop features furs, ivory and gold. You can also purchase maps, books, cards and fishing tackle.

  • Activities

    Hiking and Biking

    Take a guided hike to waterfalls, local lakes and nature walks. All experience levels are available to help you experience Alaska. The Visitors' Center has detailed maps of hiking and biking trails. Bikes are available for rent in Talkeetna.

    River Activities

    Talkeetna is known for having fun on the river. Special package trips are available including flights to McKinley, lunch and a river boat cruise or raft trip gourmet dinner on McKinley; overnight trips to Denali Park and more. All river trips can be booked directly through the Visitors' Center.

  • Wildlife

    The Talkeetna Mountains are home to many large mammals including Dall sheep, caribou, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, wolverines, moose and mountain goats. Some of the smaller mammals that inhabit the area are coyote, lynx, squirrels, and snowshoe hares. 

    Bald eagles are also plentiful, and almost 30,000 make Alaska their home. There is also an abundance of species of migrating birds. Humpback whales migrate north to their summer feeding grounds and to have their young. Sport fish include all five species of Pacific salmon, Dolly Varden, rainbow and lake trout, northern pike, burbot, grayling, smelt, whitefish, and razor clams.er.