Independent travelers will find much to enjoy in Talkeetna. The town has a laid-back pace, a distinctly adventurous element, and a uniquely Northern sense of humor: Talkeetna elected a cat for mayor in 1997 (Mayor Stubbs).
The remote Top of the World Highway connects Klondike Loop from Dawson City and the Taylor Highway linking Chicken, Eagle and the Alaska Highway. The 65-mile Top of the World Highway is a winding, sometimes narrow road with frequent surface breaks, potholes, washboard and little to no shoulder.
Traveling north on the Klondike Loop Highway, approximately 325 miles from Whitehorse, you enter Dawson City. At the western edge of the city, the highway ends at the Yukon River. Here, you line up to board the George Black ferry for a 6- to 7-minute trip across the Yukon to the west shore and the beginning of the Top of the World Highway to the Yukon-Alaska border.
The White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) is a narrow-gauge (36-inch) privately owned railroad built during the Klondike Gold Rush. Construction of the WP&YR began in May 1898 and reached White Pass in February 1899 and Whitehorse in July 1900. It was the first railroad in Alaska and at the time the most northern of any railroad in North America.
The Alaska Railroad is an iconic part of Alaska history, connecting some of Alaska’s best-loved destinations for over 90 years! It operates daily summer service between Anchorage, Denali Park, Fairbanks, Seward, Girdwood, Whittier, Portage, Grandview and Spencer Glacier, and year-round service between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Add a trip on the railroad to your Alaska travels and take a break from behind-the-wheel.