The Matanuska-Susitna or Mat-Su Valley has so much to offer travelers, adventurers and residents alike. This entire valley is composed of mountains, lakes, rivers and everything nature has to offer. The Valley consists of several different areas many people love to call home. Palmer, Wasilla and Talkeetna are all unique and have so much to offer those looking for adventure.
This area is home to culture, sports and world record harvests. The Palmer Museum of History and Art is located in the Visitor Information Center in town and showcases local history and maps. This museum can also direct you to local attractions. After the snow has melted away, summertime brings the collegiate Mat-Su Miners of the Alaska Baseball League. Division I teams come to Palmer to play and games are held at Herman Brothers Field right off of Glenn Highway. Palmer also hosts the Alaska State Fair every year where large vegetable contests are held and locals are known to win prizes for their bounties. The city is right next to countless day-trips such as the nearby Hatcher Pass that will keep you rejuvenated and ready for more.
Wasilla is surrounded by Lake Lucille and Lake Wasilla. These lakes offer residents a great outlet to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Chugach and Talkeetna mountains. Wasilla also happens to be home to the great Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, an exciting escapade that keeps people coming every year.
If you love to fish, Talkeetna is the place to be. This town is located at the junction of three rivers, creating an excellent fishing locale. Residents have enjoyed the Talkeetna River for years. Aside from rivers and lakes this area is also home to Mt. McKinley where hundreds of climbers test their limits every year.