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5-Night Mat-Su Base Camp
An Alaskan tour that captures the best of Alaska without the long distance travel each day. Make the most of your vacation and make the Mat-Su Valley your Base Camp for Adventure.
Day - 1
Take an airboat trip to remote Knik Glacier. Not accessible to large group tours, your scenic journey will be upclose to a calving glacier face. Eat lunch on the moraine of the glacier. Visit the Iditarod Headquarters and learn about the internationally famous 1000-mile race to Nome. Overnight in Wasilla.
Day - 2
Spend a day enjoying history and beauty of Hatcher Pass. Start by taking a guided tour of Independence Mine Historical State Park and learn about the gold rush in the early 1900's. Then take a hike on one of Alaska's most popular trails in the high alpine tundra. Return to Palmer and visit the Showcase Garden at the Palmer Visitor Center and discover the agricultural roots of the Mat-Su Valley by visiting the Colony House Museum. Overnight in Palmer.
Day - 3
Head up the Glenn Highway, a National Scenic Byway, to Mile 100 and explore the magnificent Matanuska Glacier, the largest road accessible glacier in Alaska. Walk and take pictures of the ancient ice or take a guided tour by professionals who will outfit you and teach you about the ice formations. In the afternoon ride the whitewater rapids of the Matanuska River for an exhilarating adventure. Return to Palmer and overnight.
Day - 4
Drive north to the quaint town of Talkeetna known as the base camp of Mt. McKinley. You will hear many different languages in the cafes on main street during the climbing season of May - July when over 1000 climbers will attempt the summit of North America's tallest peak. You can take a scenic flightseeing trip and summit Mt. McKinley yourself. Even land on a glacier at base camp and experience the climbers return from their 3-week journey. Visit the Denali Ranger Station in Talkeetna and learn more. After a gourmet lunch at one of Talkeetna's cafes, take a scenic jetboat ride up the Susitna River and watch for wildlife and photograph Mt. McKinley. Overnight in Talkeetna.
Day - 5
Spend a day on the world-class salmon rivers that surround Talkeetna. Hire a local guide for a ½ day or full-day of memorable fishing. They will even clean and fillet your salmon and send it to your home so you can share the memories with your family and friends at your own salmon bake. Overnight in Talkeetna.
Day - 6
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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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