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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 BEGINNINGS

The 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 MUSEUMS

Alaska 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 MINE

It 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