Anchorage International Airport (Ted Stevens)
The property is located on a bluff of the Matanuska River, which is accessible within a half-mile hike from the house. The house is in a quiet, country setting with wide open spaces to almost every side. Though it feels secluded, it is only 5 minutes to downtown Palmer, where there are several shops and restaurants that exemplify the quaint, Alaskan pioneer spirit.The Palmer property is close to the Alaska State Fair, close to local hiking areas, and only about a twenty minute drive to the start of the Itidarod Race. The property has a barn that could serve as kennels for dog sledders.
Additionally, Palmer is the ideal vacation spot to start your Alaskan vacation. It is close enough to Anchorage to arrive easily by several airlines, but far enough away to not be in the hustle of Alaska's biggest city. However, there are the Alaska Native Heritage Center and shopping in Anchorage within a short drive, but in a location that is really Alaska! Palmer is filled with history, as it was established for non-Alaskan Natives in the 1930s. Many historic sites are found in Palmer for the history buff.
For the outdoor enthusiast, there are challenging hikes in the area. There are several lakes in the area for canoeing, fishing, and boating, all within a 15-30 minute drive. Equipment is available for rent in the Palmer/Wasilla area. Four-wheelers and snow mobiles are also available for rent in the area for those who want to see Alaska from off-road. Within minutes, there are several fun places on the water: Matanuska River Park, Knik River State Park, Matanuska Lake State Park, Palmer Hay Flats Wildlife Refuge -- all great for fishing and wildlife watching.
Palmer is also a fantastic starting point for travelers who would like to take day trips to see Southern Alaska. Many day trips could include historic Talkeetna with its views of Mt. McKinley (1.5 hours), the Matanuska glacier and glacier hikes (1 hour), Dall Sheep viewing on Sheep Mountain (1.5 hours), Girdwood and Alyeska ski resort (1.5 hours), Whitewater rafting (1 hour), and several stopping points for Salmon fishing throughout the Alaska highways.