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Mat-Su Attractions

Alaska adventure is everywhere in the Mat-Su Valley! Summer and winter you will find a wide variety of options for things to do in the Mat-Su. Here are some ideas on activities and attractions in the Mat-Su Valley to get you going.

Trail Mix - run, bike, or hike! With over 2,000 miles of trails to choose from, there are few limits to destinations, distances and degrees of difficulty. Hike around the historic mining region in Hatcher Pass. Explore the Talkeetna Mountains into a wilderness of tundra, alpine valleys and clear streams on an ATV, snowmobile or on foot by professional guide service.

Come on in, the water's fine! The Valley has lots of river miles, hundreds in fact. Fish for salmon, whitewater raft or float down gentle waters with an expert guide. Or paddle through the Nancy Lake trail system on a canoe you can rent on site. Lake Louise (off the Glenn Highway) is a premier year round hub for water activities, too.

Learn about the Locals. The restored townsite in Wasilla is a great place to start. Wander the buildings and visit the museum. In Palmer, discover its roots at the Palmer Museum of History and Art and the Colony House Museum. Take Talkeetna's 16-site historic town walking tour and see for yourself how the miners and trappers lived.

Marvel at North America's Highest Peak, 20,320 ft. Mt. McKinley, an item on nearly everyone's "things to see" list. Hike in Denali State Park on Kesugi or Curry Ridge for undisturbed vistas of the ‘High One'. Roadside pull offs provide safe areas to marvel at McKinley's grandeur. Take an aerial view on a flightseeing trip as you climb toward Denali's lofty summit. A for sure spiritual experience!

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Year Round Family Fun! Attractions in the Mat-Su Valley that have something to keep both the young and young-at-heart happy and entertained. Visit unique attractions like Musk Ox farms to learn about these animals and how their products contribute to Alaska's economy. Sample the "goods" at the Matanuska Creamery for fresh milk, cheese and ice cream. Take a sled dog cart ride and meet the pups at a working dog sled kennel.

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e-Newsletter for Visitors

Find out what's happening in the Valley through the Mat-Su Valley Compass e-newsletter! Published once a month throughout the winter and bi-weekly in the summer, this newsletter points you in the right direction when visiting the Valley!

Activity Availability Report - Available Online

So you have a little extra time in the Valley and are wondering what to do. Visit our online availability system at www.lodging-matsu.com for the latest information on available tours and attractions. Or stop by our Visitor Center to review the report updated daily.

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Knik River Lodge

Knik River Lodge

Wilderness cabins & helicopter tours. Deluxe cabins with great view. Private bath, large deck. Glacier landings, glacier dog sledding. Fine dining restaurant.  more

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AK's Best/Fisherman's Choice Charters

AK's Best/Fisherman's Choice Charters

"Voted Mat-Su Valley's Best Fishing Charter 12 Times Since 2000!" As Featured on ESPN2! Fishing all 5 species of Alaska Salmon and Rainbow Trout north of Anchorage. and has been awarded the #1 Fishing Charter for Trophy Alaska Salmon Fishing Charters and Trophy  more

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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 Coastal Explorer

Alaska Coastal Explorer

Alaska Raceway Park

Alaska Raceway Park

Alaska Salmon Fishing/Fishtale River Guides

Alaska Salmon Fishing/Fishtale River Guides

Guided fishing charters jetboat to Mat-Su Valley's best silver and king salmon fishing. Winter ice fishing excursions. Techniques instruction, tackle, roomy boats, lodges. Website pictures, fishing reports, attractions, lodging accommodations.  more

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Helpful resources

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Maps and more

Maps and more

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Great outdoors

Great outdoors

Discover more about boating, rafting, fishing, flightseeing and how to get into the backcountry of… More Info

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

You can see a glacier just about anywhere in Alaska. But in the Mat-Su Valley, you can actually get out… More Info

Alaska Rafting

Alaska Rafting

Uncover hidden jewels only accessible by boat. Hover in rapids through canyons, see glaciers calve fall… More Info

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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