Wasilla, in the beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley of South-Central Alaska, is one of the 'not to be missed' places of Alaska. Located just 50 short highway miles outside of Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley is known for its abundant lakes, providing a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, camping, boating, and giant vegetable viewing - fun for the entire family.
If you are looking for authentic Alaskan art, jewelry, photography, carvings, paintings, drawings, and more, or if you are looking to keep comfortable in our climate with outerwear and supplies, Wasilla has it all. A wide array of shops carry works by native artisans, including carvings of ivory, whalebone, and moose antlers. Furs, baleen, and other fossilized works can be observed in gift shops and the experience reflects the Alaskan culture that is unique to its area.
With all of the sightseeing, shopping, and activities, appetite in Alaska is huge. Whatever your hunger may be, Wasilla has a place to satisfy it. From seafood and fresh caught salmon and halibut to gourmet cuisine or just a light snack at one of the many coffee shops or cafe's, Wasilla has something for everyone. Choose a cozy, indoor dinner, a beautiful lunch outdoors with a great view, or new and exciting tastes of native game and seafood.
A year-round recreation paradise, Wasilla is the home of the world-renowned Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters. An abundance of nearby lakes and rivers makes Wasilla a prime location for recreational fishing, swimming, boating, hiking and mountain biking. Trail and mountain hiking, as well as mountain biking, are popular activities during summer’s long daylight hours. Cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and sledding are a popular activity during the area’s mild winters. Wasilla’s central location in the Mat-Su Valley put mountains, lakes, streams, wetlands, tundra and boreal forests are all within easy reach of its residents.
Located 20 minutes to the west, Palmer is a garden hub for the state, and the unique microclimate produces amazing giant vegetables, found on display annually at the home of the Alaska State Fair. Palmer agriculture today provides food to communities across the State of Alaska. The pedestrian-friendly downtown is filled with shops and boutiques with books, arts and crafts, and offerings from local artists, businesses, services, and farmers. Come taste the hometown flavor of small-town Alaska. Today, Palmer is in the midst of a significant metamorphosis. The town has experienced a population surge as thousands of people are moving to the Palmer area to enjoy the safe and pleasant quality of life. In less than 20 years, the heart of the Matanuska Valley has transformed from a peaceful rural area to a rural bedroom community, and most recently, to an increasingly self-sufficient, commercial employment center. The population growth in Palmer and the surrounding area has been significant and the City’s population has increased an average of 3.3% since 2000, with 5,343 residents currently residing in the 5.2 square mile city.