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Welcome to Palmer, the only place in Alaska where you can do your “Alaska Bucketlist” in one go.  With beautiful mountain vistas and riverine valleys, Palmer is known for its natural beauty and small town charm.  As a year-round adventureland, Palmer is one of the places you’ll come back to again and again.  From snowy peaks, to expansive valleys you’ll find just what you’re looking for in our little community.  But what makes this place so incredibly unique is the endless community events, gatherings, and outdoor activities that will keep you and your family entertained during your stay.  Below you’ll find even more things to do and places to explore.

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Experience the story of Palmer and the Matanuska Colony

We offers three different types of tours of Palmer’s Historic District. You can experience the story of Palmer and the Matanuska Colony by taking a guided tour given by a knowledgeable local, you can go at your own pace by taking a self-guided audio tour, or you can schedule a private tour. 


Nestled between two mountain ranges, Palmer provides some of the easiest access to the backcountry in Alaska. 

From winter back country skiing, to ATV adventures, from single track mountain biking to hiking, from world-class fishing to birding, Palmer truly is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast.  Whether are looking for alpine adventures or river rafting, you are bound to find the outdoor adventure to fit your skill and interest throughout the year. 

Palmer Insider’s Blog

I survived the Matanuska Peak Challenge: a runner’s diary

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A crowded laneway at the Alaska State Fair features everything from exhibits to carnival rides.

What’s So Special About the Alaska State Fair?

Alaska State Fair Features the World's Largest Vegetables With long days of sunlight, cool soils, and rich riverine flood plains, Alaska can really grow big vegetables that are highlighted at the Alaska State Fair every year the last week of  August. This Fair has...

A Love Letter to Colony Christmas

Dear Colony Christmas, This might be a bit awkward or forward but I need you to know…. I love you. In the darkest part of winter, on the cusp of the crush of holiday frenzy, you appear. You perfectly transition our town from the beginnings of a new season and...

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Local writers you can trust

Sabrena Combs

Palmer’s Unofficial Cheerleader

and Palmer City Councilwoman

Denis Nona

Outdoor Survival

Brian Adon


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