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Wasilla

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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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Specializing in custom vacations to Alaska's most spectacular destinations. Alaska Tour & Travel is the largest custom vacation packaging company in Alaska. Since 1995 we have helped more than 100,000 visitors plan their Alaska vacations - each trip customized to  more

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Magic Bus

Luxury motorcoaches. Affordable, year-round tours. Alaska's favorite for large or small groups. Best option for Mat-Su, Anchorage, Girdwood/Alyeska, Talkeetna, Whittier and Seward! Daily service to Whittier!  more

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Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures

At Mahay's, Alaska comes alive. View wildlife in it's natural habitat, catch that salmon of your dreams. Cruise on fresh water streams in "The Land of The Midnight Sun."  more

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Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge

Majestic Valley Lodge is a 7000 square foot handcrafted log structure located in the scenic 3000 foot Tahneeta pass. The lodge sits between two spectacular mountain ranges that are just out your door: the Talkeetna and Chugach mountains. The section of Talkeetna  more

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Major Marine Tours

Wildlife and glacier cruises into Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound. All cruises are hosted by uniformed rangers, feature an all-you-can-eat salmon and prime rib meal and reserved table seating.  more

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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

Mat-Su Regional Medical Center

Mat-Su Regional Medical Center

This 74-bed hospital offers comprehensive acute care services, all private patient rooms, fast-track ER and the latest imaging modalities to expedite diagnosis. Mat-Su Regional Urgent Care also available in Wasilla.  more

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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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