Culture and Heritage Itineraries
Alaska Native culture, gold rush history, farming colony beginnings and the life of an Alaska dog musher - as a young state Alaska history is still in the making, but the evolution is captivating.
Giant Cabbages and Colony BeginningsThe Mat-Su Valley is Alaska's agricultural heartland, with perfect conditions for the growing world-renown giant vegetables. Touring country roads around Palmer, visitors can learn about Matanuska Colony farmers who relocated to Palmer in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and share life experiences with their remaining descendants. View details
Alaska Culture and History MuseumsAlaska museums provide long-lasting impressions and knowledge of life in the "Last Frontier." Travelers seeking to experience Alaska Native culture, arts, Alaska history and the heritage of the early pioneers will enjoy the Mat-Su Valley's many museums. View Details
Discover Gold at Hatcher Pass and Independence Gold MineIt was the lure of fortune that brought many of the first settlers to Alaska and the Mat-Su Valley during the Alaska Gold Rush era, and the Willow Creek mining district was one of the most prosperous. Learn about the Alaska Gold Rush while touring the abandoned Independence Mine. View details
Please join us this Saturday, August 11th from 6:00 PM - 9:00PM for Palmer's Second Saturday Evening Art Walk. Stop by the Palmer Museum to get your official Art Walk Passport with a map of the art walk and list of events. Throughout the walk you will have ample more
The vegetable season has wrapped up but we still have the Christmas festival to look forward to! We are so excited about our Christmas Festival--A Country Christmas--don't miss out! Not only do we have the attractions listed below, we also have some wonderful more
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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