Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau
Just 35 miles north of Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley has it all. The Mat-Su Valley is a region conveniently located between Anchorage, Denali National Park and Valdez, making it the ideal base camp for your Southcentral Alaska vacation. The area is diverse and boasts remote wilderness and classic Alaska communities like Palmer, Wasilla and Talkeetna. Palmer is known for its agricultural roots and has farmlands famed for growing giant vegetables, which are showcased each August at the Alaska State Fair. Wasilla is a growing community that is home to the Iditarod Trail Headquarters, the Wasilla Museum and lots of shopping and dining. Further along the Parks Highway is Willow, home to many top Iditarod dog mushers. In Talkeetna, you’ll get your first taste of Denali, with spectacular views of the Alaska Range. Take a flightseeing trip around the mountain or a jet boat trip. Along the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway, you’ll find Matanuska Glacier, Alaska’s largest road-accessible glacier. Here, you can trek on timeless glacial ice or take a rafting trip down the headwaters of the Matanuska River. The Mat-Su Valley is the perfect day trip from Anchorage, but better yet, stay another day. There are many quaint bed and breakfasts, upscale cabins and luxurious cottages throughout the region. Venture up to Hatcher Pass, just a few minutes north of Palmer and Wasilla, for amazing views and world-class hiking opportunities. Let us help you plan your unforgettable time exploring the Mat-Su Valley. Visit our web site, www.alaskavisit.com, and request a free visitor guide. Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter as well. We look forward to seeing you in the Valley!