Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Talkeetna, Alaska, United States of America
At a Glance
Enjoys truly spectacular views of Mount Denali, the highest peak in North America, as well as the rest of the Alaska mountain range
Provides easy access to Denali National Park for flightseeing and hiking, as well as a number of other adventures
A five-minute drive from the town of Talkeetna - definitely worth at least a half day visit
Just two hours north of Anchorage, accessed by the scenic Parks Highway
Built using local Alaskan woods and spruce timbers
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The season in Talkeetna runs from May to September with the warmest temperatures between June and August. In general, Alaskan weather is unpredictable, but temperatures generally fluctuate between 30 to 50 degrees Farenheit (-1 to 10 decrees Celsius) in the mornings and 60 to 70 (15 to 21 degrees Celsius) during the peak of the day. Layers are recommended to keep you warm in the mornings and evenings.
To start planning your holiday to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
With Denali National Park acting as its backyard, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is ideally placed for flightseeing excursions over the impressive peak of Mount Denali, as well as a range of adrenaline-fuelled adventures within the National Park.
The snow-capped peaks of the Alaska mountain range sit right on the doorstep of this comfortable lodge which can be found just a short distance away from the iconic Denali National Park, a rugged patch of jagged peaks, lush forest and mirrored lakes. A paradise for lovers of the outdoors, here you can enjoy a range of adventurous activities which include ziplining, jet boating and flight-seeing, along with trekking, cycling and float trips along the river where guests should keep their eyes peeled for bears, moose, eagles, beavers and other wildlife in its natural habitat!
The lodge is also within easy distance of the town of Talkeetna, a rich community where you can find a handful of good museums and some small boutiques to pick up local souvenirs such as native artwork, beadwork and quilting. Its position perched above the town still gives the lodge a feeling of seclusion and this privileged spot affords spectacular views towards Mount Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), the highest peak in the whole of North America.
Set over 640 acres, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge accommodates guests across six separate buildings and has 212 rooms and suites. Although basic, rooms are comfortable and come furnished with a king bed or two queen beds and the mountain side rooms come highly recommended for their views towards Mount Denali.
Rooms and suites at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge are spread throughout the five guest lodges which are enveloped by trees or the main lodge. All 212 rooms and suites feature a private bathroom, coffee making facilities, satellite TV, hairdryers and optional WiFi.
|Guest Lodge Rooms||
Located in one of the five guest lodges within the 640-acre grounds, the 60 guest lodge rooms each sit within the forest and are accessed by an interior entrance.
The rooms have two double beds and measure 27sqm (294sqft).
|Main Lodge Rooms||
Main Lodge rooms are located in the main lodge and boast views of the surrounding forest. Each has a king bed or two queens and measures 34sqm (364sqft).
|Mountain Side Rooms||
Mountain Side Rooms are located within the main lodge and enjoy north facing views towards Mount Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range. They each measure 34sqm (364 sqft).
The Junior Suite is located on the third level of the main lodge and enjoys north facing views towards Mount Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range. the suite is open plan in design and has a spacious living area and sleeping area, measuring 45.6sqm (491sqft).
The Executive Suite is located on the third floor of the main lodge and looks north towards Mount Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range. This suite has a separate bedroom and living room which also has a sofa bed to accommodate families. A gas fireplace features in the living room for cosy evenings and the bathroom is complete with a Jacuzzi tub. Measures 45.3sqm (488sqft).
The King Suite is located on the third floor of the main lodge's west wing and faces north towards Mount Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range - views can be enjoyed from both the bedroom and the living room. As well as a spacious living room and separate bedroom, this suite also features a small kitchenette and plenty of space for families or those wishing to entertain. The living room is complete with a gas fireplace whilst the bathroom features a Jacuzzi tub. Measures 67sqm (720sqft).
Dining options at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge include the Base Camp Bistro & Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves up food in a relaxed environment, as well as a range of signature cocktails, wines and local microbrews. Views from the deck are pretty impressive and children's menus are available. For something a little more upscale, the Foraker Restaurant enjoys panoramic mountain views, fantastic service and an award-winning wine list. For a casual drink there is also an on-site coffee shop.
A wealth of adventures are available right on your doorstep with the focus being the looming peak of Mount Denali in the distance which can be viewed on an unforgettable flightseeing excursion or on a number of hiking trails in the local area. For even more of an adrenaline rush, ziplining is available amongst the dramatic scenery, along with jet boating from which you can see the resident wildlife. Bikes are available for hire to enjoy the more gentle trails surrounding the lodge and for something even more gentle, try a float trip along the rivers with expert local guides who will point out resident moose, bears, eagles, beavers and other wildlife as you glide silently past by raft.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
I arrived in Talkeetna on the Denali star train from Anchorage. It's an amazing ride spotting moose and admiring the scenery from the huge windows. I caught a glimpse of towering Denali on my way, peeking through the clouds. Off the train I was met by Wayne the shuttle driver from Talkeetna Alaskan lodge, originally from Georgia but an Alaskan since 1976. We arrived at the lodge and walked into the lobby dominated by a huge stone fireplace hand built by the local American football team in the 50s and the most incredible views. The lobby Windows and the deck in front look out onto the incredible sight of the entire Alaskan range dominating the horizon and in the very centre the indomitable presence of Denali. This humongous piece of rock dwarfs everything in sight and draws people far and wide to climb and just witness what is the tallest mountain in North America.
The lodge itself is light and airy in public areas but in serious need of an update in the rooms. It is the best place in town but nothing to get excited about. Don't worry though your unlikely to spend much time in the room with Talkeetna on your doorstep. Fantastic little town, hippy vibe, stacks of history and some great restaurants to try. Back at the lodge for dinner the food is great and if the sun is shining, a drink or diner out on their huge deck is amazing, you can't turn away from the views.
Camilla Swift (Staff)
A large 'alpine style' hotel set over three floors which are arranged around a stunning lobby with central fire and chimney up to the cathedral-height roof. The Lodge boasts stunning views of the Alaskan range, including Mount Denali, the highest peak in North America and provides a good base from which to explore the surrounding area. Rooms are clean and comfortable and, if funds allow, the mountain-view is better than the carpark! The restaurants, which served a buffet breakfast and casual lunch and dinner, looked of a standard one would expect in a good American hotel, but not particularly special or memorable.
Talkeetna is a mile or two distant, so a car or the bus shuttle would be required. The village has a real "last frontier" feel, with small traditional log cabins, a pub which could have been transplanted from England, an excellent pizza restaurant and the "Twister Creek", possibly the best steak restaurant in Alaska (the menu is actually much wider than that) owned by the Denali Brewing Company and offering a beer taster - six or more 4oz glasses of their range of about 20 beers.
A walk down the main street leads to the fast-flowing Susitna river and the best views of Denali. White water rafting can be arranged here. Other trips include bush plane hiking trips and zip-wire circuits.
Devil's Canyon Jet Boat Tour
Board your jet boat ready for a high adventure 130-mile round trip river excursion through Denali State Park and into the Wild River Park of Devil's Gorge.
Talkeetna Ziplining & Canopy Adventure
Speed across a series of ziplines on this three-hour canopy adventure through the forested ridges that sit above the town of Talkeetna and the Susitna River, cross suspension bridges and rappel from the canopy for the most fun way to enjoy the views.
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Location & directions
Talkeetna, Alaska, United States of America
Talkeetna Alaksan Lodge sits perched on a ridge above the town of Talkeetna and on the south side of Mount Denali.
How to get there
Flight to Anchorage via Seattle (approx. 16 hours), followed by a scenic 2.5-hour drive to the lodge along Parks Highway. The lodge can also be reached on the historic Alaska Railroad from Anchorage, spotting moose, mountain goats and black bears along the way.
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