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One gorgeous summer day, I had the privilege of taking my mother in law and one of her good friends to spend the day in Talkeetna (pronounced tal – keet – na). The sunshine and warm weather made for a great time to take a walk around Talkeetna Alaska.
This charming community is a few hours away from Anchorage. This makes it a great destination for either a day trip or an overnight stay.
And for fans of the show Northern Exposure, there are many who consider Talkeetna the inspiration for the fictional town of Cicely, Alaska. There is a definite quirkiness to this community.
Exploring Talkeetna Alaska by Foot
For this post, I wanted to showcase the community as seen by walking. I’ll be sharing an inside glimpse of the Talkeetna Historical Museum as well as sharing our experience dining at the Roadhouse and views across the river looking towards Denali (also known as Mount McKinley.) My boys have not stopped talking about that lunch and we can’t wait to visit again this summer.
Talkeetna is one of the smaller Alaskan communities with a huge bend towards the arts. You’ll find different arts and crafts throughout the different establishments in the town.
So far as I know, they are the only community with a cat for the mayor.
If you are lucky, you’ll find him reigning at the market. The boys got a glimpse, but I wasn’t fast enough with the camera. However, we did all enjoy the giant Drumsticks we bought in the store for an afternoon treat.
Shopping While You Walk Around Talkeetna, Alaska
When visiting Talkeetna, be prepared to do some shopping. There are many different options in the cute gift shops which dot the main road headed back towards the river.
What you won’t find below are pictures of the art galleries as I was respecting the artist’s wishes and refrained from photography.
On a subsequent visit to Talkeetna, we were able to stop at a friend’s storefront: Aurora Dora. Dora is a wonderful photographer who has spent many a cold winter night outside capture photos and timelapse videos of the aurora. Visit her page to see some of the stellar photography.
I almost bought this plaque as it sums me up so well….
Alaskan Landscape When You Take a Walk Around Talkeetna Alaska
Back towards the river, there is a short nature trail which we walked.
And, near the Talkeetna Historical Museum, there is an original cabin (Ole Dahl Cabin) where you can get a glimpse into the life of the early settlers.
I don’t know about you, but I could see becoming quite stir-crazy during the long, cold winters in such a small structure.
When you go traveling, do you enjoy visiting communities with lots of arts and crafts?
Have you ever seen original structures for an area and wondered if you could have lived that lifestyle?
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This post was originally published on Jul 2, 2014. It has been updated since then.