A tiny town located south of Denali, Talkeetna has gained recent notoriety because of its nontraditional mayor: A local cat, Stubbs, was the honorary leader of the town from 1997-2017. A young kitten named Denali has since assumed the role.

The town offers simply the best views of Mount Denali (seriously—even better than those from Denali National Park) and has a couple of good home-style restaurants. It is worth exploring if you're driving through the area on the way to Denali, or if it's one of your stops on a cruise.

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