Shopping in the Mat-Su

Mark the occasion of your Alaska visit with a special keepsake that tells the story of your adventures up north. Shop at galleries and gift shops featuring Alaskan artists, or send home everyone's favorite - Alaska smoked salmon. Whatever it is, you'll discover a wide array of shopping opportunities from the refined to silly and fun.

Palmer has a very walkable downtown district lined with numerous locally owned shops. Spend an afternoon exploring the town and browse the unique and eclectic shops before enjoying lunch in one of the many restaurants that specialize in Alaska Grown menus.

In Wasilla, you'll find everything from specialty stores to large box stores. Wasilla is considered a commercial anchor of the Mat-Su Valley, and the shopping options reflect that in a big way. From large sporting goods stores to help you get stocked up for a day of fishing to small, to small gift shops and cafes, you can easily spend a day shopping in the Wasilla area.

Farther north, in Talkeetna, local artisans peddle their wares on Main Street. You'll find beautiful jewelry handmade made by locals, as well as art galleries that promote local artists. The downtown market is a great place to find unique gift items that you won't find anywhere else. The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge also boasts an impressive gift shop within the hotel, featuring Alaskan Native arts and crafts that will provide years of memories of your Alaska vacation, long after you've returned home.