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FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
We're off the beaten path and home to the Gold Rush, rich farm history, backcountry guides, and colorful locals. With river and lake fishing, backcountry adventures, kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, hiking, back country skiing, horseback riding, and camping that all lie within minutes of downtown.
ABAT Glacier View ATV Tour
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ABAT Glacier View ATV Tour
This tour of Alaska is a perfect introductory ATV course that takes you on a thrilling trail ride to view the glassy castles of Alaska's glaciers and witness rare wildlife among the grand scenery of the country. You will receive an ATV orientation from our local Alaska guides and ATV experts so that you'll feel confident operating our versatile equipment and safely enjoy all of the trails and back-country exploring.
ABAT Knik Glacier ATV Tour
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ABAT Knik Glacier ATV Tour
This ATV tour takes you on a ride through a remote, backcountry glaciated valley. Our expert guides will lead you across beautiful meadows, along streams, and past scenic mountains and waterfalls to the ultimate sight of Alaska's mighty Knik Glacier. Refuel for the equally stunning trip back with a lunch at this incredible landmark.
ALASKA HORSE ADVENTURES
ALASKA HORSE ADVENTURES
Whether you’re looking for romantic getaways, family enrichment, backwoods “roughin’ it,” hunter & game transporting, or horsedrawn nostalgia, Alaska Horse Adventures has it!
ALASKA LAKES GUIDE SERVICE
ALASKA LAKES GUIDE SERVICE
Alaska Lakes Guide Service is dedicated to providing you lifetime memories through quality fishing, year round, on the lakes and rivers of South Central Alaska.
Alaska State Fair
Alaska State Fair
The Fair provides the perfect setting for Alaska’s last blast of summer, and is a showcase of Alaska’s uniqueness and beauty. The event features amusement rides, food concessions, competitive exhibits, carnival games, live performances and more.
Chugach State Park
Chugach State Park
Chugach State Park is located in Southcentral Alaska mostly within the Municipality of Anchorage. The park contains approximately 495,000 acres of land and is one of the four largest state parks in the United States. South-central Alaska is an area of diverse land forms and rugged topography, bounded on the north and west by the Alaska Range, and on the east by the Chugach and Wrangell Mountains and Prince William Sound.
Colony House Museum
Colony House Museum
Located at 316 E. Elmwood Ave, near the Palmer Museum of History and Art/Visitors Center and within Palmer’s Historic District, the Colony House Museum and outbuildings display rural life in the Matanuska Valley during the heyday of the Colony.
Farm Tours
Farm Tours
The Alaska Frontier was settled by trappers and miners, but another wave, the homesteader turned farmer/rancher opened up the last frontier, taming the punishing landscape and providing food for the communities they served. Join us for an in-depth half day farm tour, perfect for folks look for the ultimate Anchorage day trips, with stops at historical sites, living homesteads, and urban food landscapes to understand the lives of Alaska's farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders who call the Alaska home.
Hatcher Pass
Hatcher Pass
In the Talkeetna Mountains between the towns of Willow and Palmer, Hatcher Pass is a local favorite for recreation or a scenic drive. Hike in alpine tundra dotted with wildflowers and ptarmigan, ski fresh, deep powder, or visit Independence Mine Historical State Park.
HIKING IN PALMER
HIKING IN PALMER
Check out these fun trails. Some historical, gorgeous views, and experience the natural beauty of Alaska up close and personal.
I FISH ALASKA
I FISH ALASKA
iFishAlaska Guide Service is a locally owned, family run, small business based right here in Willow, Alaska. Our Alaska Fishing Guides and Charters operation caters to both visitors and tourists, as well as local Alaskans. Each year, people from all over the world book fishing trips with us and enjoy experiencing a part of Alaska they can’t see from the road.
Iditarod Headquarters & Museum
Iditarod Headquarters & Museum
Add a part of history to your visit to Alaska. Open daily in the summer, the Museum showcases museum items, a video room, a gift shop, and they even offer summer Iditarod Dog Sled cart rides.
Independence Gold Mine
Independence Gold Mine
GOLD! A magic word that time cannot tarnish; a soft metal with the strength to forge history. Gold was the magnet that drew thousands of adventurers to the last frontier. Though most Alaskans recognize that gold played an important part in Alaska's history, they normally think first of Nome, Fairbanks, or the Iditarod country. But even before a quarter-of-a-million gold seekers began their stampede into those famous areas, gold was discovered just southeast of Anchorage in 1886. From there prospectors spread into the Susitna and Matanuska river basins, testing the creeks in the nearby mountains.
KAYAKING WITH LIFETIME ADVENTURES
KAYAKING WITH LIFETIME ADVENTURES
Ekultna Lake, with its turquoise waters, is a great place to experience kayaking in the Alaskan wilderness. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced kayaker, Ekultna Lake offers spectacular views and supreme serenity by kayak.
Mat-Su CVB
Mat-Su CVB
No matter where your travels take you in the Mat-Su Valley, there are adventures around every turn in the road. Take a few days to explore this grand area filled with mountains, glaciers, wildlife and wilderness.
Muskox Farm
Muskox Farm
Join us on a 45 minute scenic walk around our property in Palmer, while our staff shares with you our project history, the natural history of musk oxen, and the incredible potential these arctic ungulates have to offer communities in the far north. You will see frisky calves, seasoned old bulls, and the largest captive herd of musk oxen in the world, don't forget your camera!
Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm
Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm
Come visit our farm to share in the spirit of community, education, and self-reliance-- While continually working to accommodate the growing demand for fresh, healthy produce we are also striving to create a place where individuals and groups can gather and pick fruits and vegetables, participate in school tours, hold weddings and other events, be part of the healthy lifestyles programs, take part in the ButteAthlon triathlon, and celebrate with us during the annual Strawberry & Fall Festivals.
Reindeer Farm
Reindeer Farm
Today the farm has 150 reindeer, 30 Rocky Mountain Elk, 20 horses, 1 bison, and various other farm animals. We do daily tours during the summer season on the farm, trail rides on horseback up the Butte, off the farm shows with the reindeer, movies, commercials, home visits, the Running of the Reindeer at Fur Rondy and more! Come visit us today!
The Alaska Railroad
The Alaska Railroad
Like Alaska itself, the Alaska Railroad story is full of peaks and valleys. Every mile of this legendary railroad was hard earned through grit, bravery, faith, and lots of sweat. As daunting as the obstacles were at times, the Railroad moved forward, persevering and overcoming. It's this epic journey that has made Alaska Railroad the backbone of the Last Frontier.
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