Denali or Talkeetna?

Q: We are trying to decide whether to stay in Talkeetna or Denali Park? We are traveling by rail from Fairbanks and have 3 nights. Please note we will not have car at this time so are at the mercy of shuttles.

A: I think you do not need to choose between Denali and Talkeetna, rather you should visit both. I would recommend stopping in Denali for two nights so that you have enough time to see the park and its wildlife. Popular tours include hiking, wildlife viewing and rafting. Then travel to Talkeetna for one night so that you can experience the amazing views of Mt. McKinley (weather dependent). The views of the mountain are better in Talkeetna because it is closer to the mountain. Popular Talkeetna tours include flightseeing with a glacier landing and a jet boat tour. Many visitors to both Denali and Talkeetna arrive by rail so the shuttle system is easy to use. Hotel shuttles are readily available at the rail depots.

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