It may be winter in Alaska, but things in Talkeetna are heating up, making this the perfect time for a getaway to the gateway to Denali. Many seasonal shops are coming out of “hibernation,” we’re relatively free of crowds, and many rates are lower. The Alaska Railroad begins offering mid-week service in addition to its regular weekend schedule, providing hassle-free travel and sweeping views of the magnificent Alaska landscape. Check out schedules and packages, which include a pie baking class at the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Or, hop in the car for the two-hour drive from Anchorage, closer to five hours from Fairbanks.
Up in the Air!
No trip to Talkeetna is complete without taking in aerial views of Denali. K2 Aviation’s flightseeing tours give you the most breathtaking vistas of Denali and its surrounding mountains and glaciers because clear winter air makes for dramatic panoramas. Condé Nast Traveler says a view of Denali is “enough to satiate for a lifetime.” Even K2’s most seasoned pilots never tire of the pageantry and they have a genuine passion for showing off this region to our visitors. See current tours and specials. By early spring, the weather becomes more hospitable to spectacular glacier landings, too, making your flightseeing expedition all the more memorable. No surprise USA Today says North America’s highest peak is also Alaska’s most Instgrammed spot. Selfies, anyone?
Climbing season is just around the corner. You can get a bird’s-eye view of basecamp on your K2 flightseeing trip. If you plan to make the trek up to Denali’s 20,310-foot summit yourself, count on K2’s experience to deliver you to your desired starting point. We can also help plan the logistics of your entire trip from home, to Talkeetna, to the mountain, and back again. Get the details.
Hit the Snowy Trail
Each year, the first weekend in March brings the Iditarod, Alaska’s iconic sled dog race. K2 Aviation has been flying folks over the wild, rugged route and checkpoints for more than 25 years. Here’s your chance to see the “Last Great Race on Earth” from the air. Mush!
Other winter/spring outdoor activities in Talkeetna include the Trio Fatbike World Championships and the Oosik Classic Ski Race. If speed isn’t your pace, you can rent bikes, skis or snowshoes from area merchants and hit the trails on your own.
Pie in the Sky
Before a day of exploration, indulge in a hearty breakfast and a bottomless cup of coffee at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse, where the biscuits & gravy are famous, hotcakes are huge, and other tasty items like Green Chili & Cheese Breakfast Casserole and cinnamon rolls are out of this world. You’ll find lively conversation and companionship with tourists, mountaineers and locals alike at the eatery’s large, family-style tables. Talkeetna Roadhouse also provides lodging and keeps a weekly calendar of events. The restaraunt’s bakery is open ‘til 8 pm, so be sure to stop in for the specialty of the (Road)house: Pie… oh my!
Fire on the Mountain
Picture yourself relaxing by a roaring fire after a day of outdoor adventure. The Great Room of Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is just the spot with its soaring 46-foot, floor-to-ceiling fireplace made of rocks collected from the Matanuska River. The Lodge, which re-opens for the season each March, provides a stunning tableau of the Alaska Range and a variety of guestrooms including three mountainside suites with jacuzzi, fireplace and your own personal view of Denali. Fabulous sustainably-sourced food, too. When you stay at the lodge, a K2 Aviation van provides roundtrip transportation to your flightseeing adventures!
One of the treats of Talkeetna in wintertime is the opportunity to see the amazing colors of the Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Fodor’s says Talkeetna’s “lack of city lights and more northerly latitude up your chances for evening lights viewing.” Dreaming of another stellar Instagram post showing off the aurora borealis? Ask for a wakeup call, cross your fingers for clear nights, and get ready to “oooh” and “ahhh.”
Your friends at K2 can’t wait to meet you in Talkeetna. We look forward showing you why we love this classic Alaska landscape and why we can’t get enough of seeing it from up in the air!