Mat-Su AttractionsAlaska 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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Talkeetna Aero/Fly Denali are the only air taxis with offices in Talkeetna and Denali National Park. They have been selected as a Preferred Vendor for NANA Tourism- Denali for the upcoming season. They are adding an additional Turbine Beaver to the fleet and have new more
Tours daily in the summer and by appointment in winter. Your visit will include an exciting dog ride, educational discussion and interactive displays of gear used in dog sled races. more
Alaska's #1 Wildlife & Glacier Cruise. Choose the local experts to see Kenai Fjords National Park. Visit our exclusive Fox Island lodge. Add Cruise/Kayak Adventures. Favorite of Alaskans and visitors! more
Knik Glacier visitor information near Palmer. Daily natural history tours to Knik Glacier, Alaska's premier natural wonder. Four hour tours $60 overnight from $100. Kayaking, hiking, wildlife viewing. Campers and RVs welcome. more
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
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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