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Yahoo Mat-Su! Alaska Vacations for Visitors and Alaska Residents

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The views are grand, the lifestyle simple and there are no limits on your Alaskan adventure. Mat-Su, Alaska has it all for your Alaska vacation!

Convenient to both Anchorage and Denali National Park, easily reached by car or the Alaska Railroad, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley sprawls across 23,000 square miles of pure Alaska wilderness.

Towering mountains, huge glacier valleys, fish-filled rivers and lakes, abundant Alaska wildlife, glorious hiking country, scenic camping and quaint frontier communities at the Mat-Su is what Alaska visitors dream about.

Located approximately 45 miles north of Anchorage, the Mat-Su is ideally located for everything from day trips to your entire Alaska vacation.  

A fertile farmland that was settled by families from the Midwest as part of the New Deal relief program in 1935. Tour Palmer to discover the history of the earliest "settlers" and discover the legendary, gigantic vegetables at the Alaska State fair in August.

Visitors can learn from the Iditarod champs what it takes to complete the "Last Great Race" at the area's local dog kennels.

Further North in Talkeetna - known as the staging site for climbers as they begin their trip up Mt. McKinley. Flight seeing tours of the mountain are a local specialty. On clear days, Denali State Park offers beautiful views of Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak.

A 50 mile scenic loop between the George Parks and Glenn Highways takes you to Hatcher Pass and the Independence Mine State Historical Park. Visit the park's interpretive center and equipment in the old gold mines.

What's on your Alaska Must-see, Must-do List? 

  • Flightsee over glaciers, lakes, Mount McKinley or the Iditarod Trail
  • Trek across Matanuska Glacier or take an ATV tour to Knik Glacier  
  • Visit farmlands in historic Palmer and pick your own giant veggies
  • Create your own Alaska adventure and find the road less traveled. Rent an RV for a scenic self-drive tour
  • Raft or kayak 500 river miles deemed "Exceptional Recreation Rivers"
  • Rest, relax and reunite with your family at a cozy wilderness lodge 
  • Take a hike! There are more than 2,000 miles of trails to choose from! 
  • Take in the local culture and visit museums to discover Alaska's roots 
  • Explore Hatcher Pass and the historic Independence Mine State Park

Plan on making a visit to the Mat-Su part of your Alaska vacation by getting your free copy of our Visitor Guide today.

 

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Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Mat-Su Valley is diverse and boasts remote wilderness and classic Alaskan communities. Let us show you where to find Mat-Su's glaciers, gold mines, hiking trails and other unique attractions and events. Stop by our Gift Shop and pick up a free guide to Alaska's  more

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ABC Motorhome & Car Rental

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Alaska Adventure Unlimited Chalets

Alaska Adventure Unlimited Chalets

Luxury affordable chalets featuring king pillow-top beds w/ jacuzzi tubs and more. We also specialize in 3-10 day small group Alaskan adventures. Experience the backcountry in comfort, enjoying rafting, flightseeing and more!  more

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines

Alaska All Terrain Tours

Alaska ATV Adventures

Alaska ATV Adventures

Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours

Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours

Palmer area guided ATV tours. Wintertime snowmboile tours. See lakes, rivers, woodlands, mountains, glaciers, wildlife (moose, dall sheep, fox, bears, wolves). Tours: Half day. Full day includes meal. Overnight includes gear and meals.  more

Alaska Bush Float Plane Service

Alaska Bush Float Plane Service

Mt. McKinley and Denali National Park Flightseeing Wildlife and Glacier Flightseeing Talkeetna Mountain Flightseeing Alaska Sightseeing Fly-in Fishing Trips Fly-in Hunting Trips Fly-in Hiking Trips Guided trips and Tours Float Trips for kayaking, rafting, canoes  more

Alaska Campground Owners Association

Alaska Campground Owners Association

ACOA is Alaska's non-profit campground association. Our map/directory information gives travelers places to go, where to stay, things to see and do, and adventures to experience.  more

Alaska Coastal Explorer

Alaska Coastal Explorer

Alaska Far Away

Alaska Far Away

What if you had the chance to start your life over--in Alaska? In the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal gave over 200 struggling farm families a chance to start over in Alaska. The project relocated farm families from the Midwest to the  more

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Maps and more

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Great outdoors

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Denali Flightseeing

Denali Flightseeing

Alaska's majestic scenery appears magnified from a Cessna window and the vantage point makes for good… More Info

glaciers

glaciers

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Alaska Rafting

Alaska Rafting

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Dining in Mat-Su

Dining in Mat-Su

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Yahoo Mat-Su! Where Alaska comes to play

The Mat-Su Valley is your place for adventure. From flightseeing Mount McKinley to rafting the Matanuska River, excitement is right around every corner. Spectacular views abound, from mountains to glaciers to wildlife. Conveniently located 35 miles north of Anchorage, your Alaska experience begins when you get to the Mat-Su Valley. Spend a day exploring Hatcher Pass, test your luck fishing or take advantage of the bountiful hiking. The Mat-Su Valley - where Alaska comes to play!



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