Palmer & Wasila & Talkeetna & Willow & Chickaloon-- Alaska in the Mat-Su Valley-- Land of Up-Close Mountain Views
Alaska's Mat-Su Valley is the land of mountains views, great salmon fishing, wildlife viewing, and the largest walkable glacier on the highway system, the Matanuska Glacier. Stay at a bed and breakfast in Alaska's beautiful Mat-su Valley, and visit the 1930's era Colony Farms, home of the giant vegetables. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race Headquarters and the Alaska State Fairgrounds are not far from Alpine Rose Inn. The Musk Ox Farm, Knik Glacier and Hatcher Pass are also popular destinations for Alaska visitors. The Matanuska and Susitna Valleys span between Anchorage and Denali National Park, making for outstanding scenic drives and recreation. With towns Palmer, Wasilla, Talkeetna, Willow and Chickaloon, there are many Alaska attractions, wilderness tours, and prime Alaska fishing guides for visitors.
- Things to Do
City Overview of Palmer
As of 2009, Palmer's population is 7,804 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 64.20 percent.
The median home cost in Palmer is $179,820. Home appreciation the last year has been -4.30 percent.
Compared to the rest of the country, Palmer's cost of living is 10.95% Higher than the U.S. average.
Dream and Dream Dog Farm
Musk Ox Farm
Matansuka Glacier Treking
Independence Mine State Historical Park
Eklutna Lake Biking / Kayaking
The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry
Alaska State Fair
Gold Cord Lake Trail
Reeds Lakes Trail
Gold Mint Trail
Palmer, AK, gets 16 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 61 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 85.
On average, there are 130 sunny days per year in Palmer, AK. The July high is around 68 degrees. The January low is 5. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 80 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
Tips from Alpine Rose Inn, Wasilla, Alaska
We highly recommend that you take a drive through Hatcher Pass. Stop and take pictures of the breathtaking views, park and hike into the nature, or tour the historic gold mine. Downtown Palmer is one of the few Alaska towns to have a walkable downtown full of interesting shops and a wonderful museum and gardens. The Matanuska Glacier is just one hour away on the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway and is the largest road-accessible glacier in Alaska. You can walk up to it and then right out onto it, back for miles! In nearby Wasilla, don't miss the Iditarod Headquarters, to meet the famous mushing dogs and learn about the 1041 mile race which starts in Wasilla on its way to Nome each February.
Aurora Over Pioneer Peak Mat-Su Valley