Locations in Mat-Su

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The Matanuska-Susitna Valley, known as the Mat-Su, is one of Alaska’s foremost recreation areas. It has over 23,000 square miles of unspoiled mountains, lakes, and glaciers with unlimited opportunity for camping, hiking and adventure. On a typical weekend, Anchorage residents desert that bustling “metropolis” in droves to converge on the Mat-Su.

Palmer and Wasilla are the two largest towns in the Matanuska Valley while Talkeetna is a charming little town, full of great restaurants and fun things to do. Talkeetna is also used as a base camp for tourists and climbers alike to access North America’s tallest peak, Denali (Mt. McKinley). A flightseeing trip to Denali will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip. Wasilla is also home to the Iditarod Headquarters, where you can learn about the dogs and the Mushers who compete in this incredible annual race.

The many farms found here will convince you this is the state’s agricultural center. It yields almost two-thirds of Alaska’s produce. The fertile area is known for growing huge, award winning vegetables, many of which can be seen each year at the Alaska State Fair, held in Palmer in the Fall.

In 1935, as part of the New Deal, 203 families from the Midwest traveled to Alaska and started the Matanuska Valley Colony. Families were specifically chosen from the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, due to their similarly cold winter climates. Many of these families still have descendents in the area.

Mat-Su Visitor Center open seven days a week 8:30am- 6:30pm May-September. It is located at Mile 35.5 Parks Highway; take the Trunk Road exit off the Parks Highway and follow signs. 7744 Visitors View Court. 907-746-5000

 

Talkeetna Motel

Built in the early 60’s, is known for its casual atmosphere and wonderful hospitality. Just off Main St. in a quiet setting …

 

Talkeeetna Camper Park

mile 13.7 Talkeetna Spur Road,. A full service RV park, laundry, private baths, close to downtown. Reservations recommended. 907-733-2693

 

Finger Lake State Recreation Site

Six miles from Palmer, Mile 1.5 Bogard Road, Wasilla. 36 campsites, 10 picnic sites, water, toilets, and a boat launch. Check Visitor …

 

Fox Run RV Campground

mile 36.3 Glenn Hwy. 1-877-745-6120, 907-745-6120

 

Matanuska River Park

mile 17 Old Glenn Highway. 86 spaces for tents or RV’s, flush toilets, showers, dump station, picnic tables, grills, park  pavilions. River …

 

Lake Lucille Park

Is located at the end of Endeavor Street at mile 2.4 Knik-Goose Bay Road, south of Wasilla. Fifty-nine spaces for tents or …

 

Matanuska Glacier

The Matanuska Glacier is Alaska’s largest glacier accessible by car. The glacier is reached at Mile 102 on the Glenn Highway, a …

 

Mountain High Pizza

You are invited to the lively purple pizzeria, nestled at the foot of the towering peaks of the Alaska Range, in the …

 

Alaska State Fair

Palmer Fairgrounds in the last week of August. The state’s largest fair with craft booths, live entertainment and  home of record-setting giant …

 

Independence Mine State Historical Park

Independence Mine State Historical Park at Hatcher Pass is protected by the Alaska State Parks and offers a preserved experience of what …

 

Kepler-Bradley Lakes State Recreation Area

is a popular fishing, hiking and biking park. This popular state park comprises several trout and grayling filled lakes. The lakes are …

 

Lake Lucille Park

Is located at the end of Endeavor Street at mile 2.4 Knik-Goose Bay Road, south of Wasilla. Fifty-nine spaces for tents or …

 

Hatcher Pass

Hatcher Pass is 18-miles north of Palmer, in the high mountain summits. Cabins left from the Gold Rush still rest on the …

 

Iditarod Race Headquarters

Wasilla is home to the Iditarod Headquarters, which features a museum, gift shop, sled dog rides,  Anchorage is the starting line for …

 

Old Wasilla Town Site

Behind the Wasilla Museum & Visitor Center the buildings are attractively situated on lots laid out in the original 1917 Townsite and …

 

The Knik Museum

Represents a major part of Alaska’s History. Located in one of the only two remaining buildings of the Knik historic town site, …

 

Iditarod Race Headquarters

Wasilla is home to the Iditarod Headquarters, which features a museum, gift shop, sled dog rides,  Anchorage is the starting line for …