Stop off locationfor Lunch - Anchorage to Denali
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jun 3, 2012 6:25 PM Last Post By: stopthebus
Jun 3, 2012 4:50 PM
Jun 3, 2012 6:06 PM
2Talkeetna has many options. I ate lunch at a restaurant close to the north end of the main street, which had a long table outside where everyone "rubbed elbows" as they ate. It might be part of a hostel, I don't remember its name. The village is similar to the TV series "Northern Exposure". You may see some of the backwoods people who live "off-the-grid" without electricity or plumbing and hunt or grow their own food. They drive ATVs in the summer and come into town for kerosene or gasoline about once/month. You will be there after the mountain climbing season, but you may take a flightseeing trip up over Denali mountain. You may also go on a river rafting adventure on the Talkeetna River beneath the backdrop of Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range.
There is also a restaurant just before the Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, on the north side of the Parks Highway, or you could probably eat at the lodge restaurant.
Both locations give you a good view of Denali Peak.
Jun 3, 2012 6:25 PM
3I second (or third, because it sounds like what trekker is describing) the Talkeeta Roadhouse - it's the only meal you'll need the entire day. Talkeetna is a bit off the main road but it's definitely worth the detour for the food and the quaint little town.
I'd avoid the McKinley Princess restaurant (or any restaurant at a hotel with captive cruise ship tourists!). I'd also avoid the West Rib Pub in Talkeetna, which is famous because it was on Man vs. Food but the food was crap.
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