126 Kms from Talkeetna
This small fishing village is our first taste of Alaska and has a large concentration of black and brown bears fishing along Salmon Glacier/Fish Creek. Many on the Canadian side of the border like to argue that this is part of their land, but either way, it a beautiful inlet surrounded by glaciers, mountains and rivers. Make sure you get your passport stamped here; they’ve got some of the coolest stamps!
Denali National Park and Preserve
121 Kms from Talkeetna
The ultimate in national park in the US system. Only 30% of the summer is Mt. McKinley visible, but if you get the chance to see this massive mountain rise above the park, there aren't many views more dramatic. Throw in some bears, wolves, moose, caribou and other beautiful animals to give the ultimate wilderness experience. Trailblazing is a must, but be careful as you may come face to face with some of the local residents.