塔尔基特纳村庄规模虽小 ， 但是充满时尚气息 ， 颠覆了诸多游客脑海中对阿拉斯加小镇的印象。塔尔基特纳位于马苏谷安克雷奇北部 115 英里处，是阿拉斯加中南区之旅中不可错失的一站。
据说热门电视节目“北国风云”中虚构的西塞莉社区灵感的源泉就是塔尔基特纳，难怪游客感觉塔尔基特纳似曾相识。这里的居民热爱艺术和户外活动，富有创意，以社区文化为自豪，因北美最高峰带给他们的改变而欢欣雀跃，塔尔基特纳就位于麦金利山 – 北美最高峰的山脚下。世纪之交时，塔尔基特纳成为金矿采掘中心，至今依然保留着早期阿拉斯加的纯朴风情。圆木小木屋、路边旅馆、隔板搭建的店面，林立在脏乱的街道上。主道是小镇中唯一平坦的公路，一块写有“欢迎来到美丽如画的塔尔基特纳市中心( Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna )”的手工标识牌迎接着游客。
许多掘金者为了淘金于 1896 年来到苏西特纳河，到 1910 年时，塔尔基特纳发展成为汽船站，为附近矿区的掘金者和管理员提供物资。小镇的人口在第一次世界大战期间达到巅峰，超过了 1,000 人，后阿拉斯加铁路竣工后，人口数一度下降，后因成为麦金利山、福克拉山、穆斯山口和其他高峰的攀登者集结地，人口数又再度增加。
游客们在登山公园管理处会体会到攀登麦金利山是一项多么高难度的挑战。国家公园服务中心办公室负责管理夏季麦金利山攀登事宜，并为有心攀登顶峰的游客准备了小型演示和视频节目。麦金利山的历史和第一批成功登顶的登山者记录被完好地保存在塔尔基特纳历史社会博物馆里，这座博物馆是一个小建筑群，由四栋已复原修复的建筑物组成。迄今最有趣的建筑物是工区房屋，其中展示了麦金利山的地形模型及其攀登路线，周围摆放的是拉德福德 • 沃什波恩拍摄的著名山峦照片。
游客如搭乘当地航班体验空中美景之旅 ， 就可近距离看到山顶风光。风光秀丽的山峦和阿拉斯加山脉巍峨壮丽，令人惊叹，诸多空中美景之旅提供商也提供冰川着陆之行。乘客偶尔还能看到正在向顶峰攀登的队伍的身影。
除观赏麦金利山美景之外 ， 塔尔基特纳还有诸多户外探险活动。塔尔基特纳峡谷、魔鬼峡谷、楚利特纳河及托库斯特那河都是热门景点，内河船只、喷水推进船溯流而上，沿途风光无限，船只还经常用于包船垂钓之旅。也可沿着小路骑马前行，沿途可欣赏麦金利山壮美的景色。在当地画廊采购、在极佳当地小饭馆进餐，包括啤酒厂，都可使游客度过轻松愉快的下午时光。
To view the wilderness around Talkeetna and the wildlife that resides there visitors often book a boat cruise. Many tour operators use jet boats and offer a range of trips, including a day-long run up the Susitna River to wild and scenic Devil's Gorge.
Charter fishing guides use jet boats to put anglers within casting distance of king salmon in June and July on the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers as well as the other four species of Pacific salmon throughout the summer. Water taxi services are also available for those who want to be dropped off on a remote stretch of river to fish and camp for several days.
A handful of air charter companies offer the ultimate experience on a clear day in Talkeetna; a flightseeing tour of Denali. Veterans pilots take passengers in bush planes for a circuit of Denali and often include a ski landing on one of its glaciated flanks. You're so close that from April to mid-July you might even be able to watch climbing parties heading for the peak.
Mountaineering Ranger Station
Visitors can get a feeling for the high adventure that is climbing Denali at the Mountaineering Ranger Station. The National Park Service office processes the numerous expeditions to Denali during the summer and features a small display and a video program for those thinking of scaling the peak.
Outfitters in Talkeetna offer a variety of float trips in the area's rivers. Trips last from a couple of hours to all day and include the placid Talkeetna River and the wilder Chulitna River through Denali State Park
Sled Dog Demonstrations
Talkeetna-area kennels offer tours daily in the summer that includes mushers displaying the gear used during the Iditarod, an up close encounter with the dogs and an exciting ride through the woods on a wheeled cart pulled by a team of sled dogs.
A visit to Talkeetna Cemetery near the airport will leave anybody with a greater appreciation of how much risk is involved in scaling the highest peak in North America. The most prominent grave in it belongs to Don Sheldon, the famed bush pilot that rescue so many climbers from the mountain. Also located here is the Denali dedicated to all the climbers who've died on the mountain and neighboring peaks.
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum
The history of Denali and the climbers who made the first ascents is well-preserved at the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, a small complex that consists of four restored buildings. The most fascinating building by far is the Section House that contains a 12-foot by 12-foot relief model of Denali and its climbing routes surround by Bradford Washburn's famous mural-like photos of the mountain.
Talkeetnas Artisan Market
The best of Talkeetna's artists can be seen and purchased at the Talkeetna's Artisan Market just north of the Sheldon Hangar.