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If you took Berkeley and dropped it in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, added about a kazillion dogs, you'd get Talkeetna Alaska, where on some winter nights, you could be the ONLY person in your hotel (they will literally give you the keys once they go home for the night).  Be sure to check out the Northern Lights, appearing occasionally overhead, and, depending on how much you drink, in your head.

If you took Berkeley and dropped it in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, added about a kazillion dogs, you'd get Talkeetna Alaska, where on some winter nights, you could be the ONLY person in your hotel (they will literally give you the keys once they go home for the night). Be sure to check out the Northern Lights, appearing occasionally overhead, and, depending on how much you drink, in your head.

TRAVEL FICTIONAL -- Talkeetna was the inspiration for Cicely, Alaska in the show "Northern Exposure." Photo: Istockphoto

Fictional places we love: Cicely, Alaska, on 'Northern Exposure'

Real sign in the downtown. Here is where we hired a plane with skiis that took us sightseeing over Denali National Park seeing moose, elk,, eagles and such. We landed on a glacier on Mt. McKinkey and walked around a bit.

Welcome to Talkeetna

Welcome To Talkeetna Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Dora Miller

Welcome to Talkeetna

Display of Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) over the Talkeetna Mountains at Hatcher Pass in Southcentral Alaska. Evening. Winter.

Display of Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) over the Talkeetna Mountains at Hatcher Pass in Southcentral Alaska.

Denali National Park, AK Hotels, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, First Class Hotel

Denali National Park, AK Hotels, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, First Class Hotel

Mayor Stubbs - Mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska.

Mayor Stubbs feeling better after near fatal dog attack, he had a least one life left in his 16 years.

Talkeetna, Alaska (view of Mt. McKinley from back deck of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge)

Talkeetna, Alaska (view of Mt. McKinley from back deck of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge)

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