This lodge that occupies some of Talkeetna's best real estate has great hiking trails and splendid views of Mt. McKinley. The views can be had from the enormous outdoor dining deck, the café and the fine-dining restaurant, the large lobby, the mountainside rooms in the main lodge ($415), and the third-story suites ($569). Other rooms in the lodge and surrounding cabins are modern and simple, with the emphasis on the property and not necessarily the views or amenities. The lobby has comfortable seating, a huge river-rock fireplace, and an espresso bar. The tour desk can arrange flightseeing, river trips, or any other Alaskan adventure you can imagine.