Surrounded by Alaska’s rich history and lore, Palmer is a quiet town, with a population of 7,300. It was originally settled by the Dena’ina and Ahtna Athabaskans who lived in the area for thousands of years. They practiced a subsistence lifestyle and traded with other local native groups.

The first white settlers were homesteaders who carved a permanent community out of the Alaska wilderness. Construction of the road system and the Alaska Railroad fueled population growth and Palmer is now a bedroom community for Anchorage. Whether you want to golf, fish, hike the many trails in the area or eat a fantastic meal, Palmer is the place for you. The pedestrian-friendly downtown is filled with small shops offering books, gifts, arts and crafts from the area’s artisans. From just about any point in Palmer you are ringed by majestic mountain peaks.

Palmer is located in the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Valley and is known for it’s rich farmland that grows world record sized vegetables. These can been seen every year at the Alaska State Fair, which hosts music stars and many family friendly events. Held annually in Palmer during the last week of August.

Palmer Museum & Visitor Center in the rustic log cabin downtown. Open daily in the summer. Items from Palmer’s pioneer days are displayed in the museum. 723 South Valley Way. 907-745-8878

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