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Wasilla

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Mountains around Wasilla

Wasilla is a city in Alaska. It is most famous as the home town of Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who served as mayor of the city for six years. Wasilla is the last city of significant size on the Parks Highway northward; therefore, it is a frequent stopping point if traveling by car to Denali National Park, Fairbanks or other points north.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

By car[edit]

Route 3, the Parks Highway, passes through the heart of the city and ends at the Glenn Highway east of it. You can take the Parks Highway south from Fairbanks, or the Glenn north from Anchorage or west from Canada.

By public transportation[edit]

Wasilla is connected to Anchorage by Valley Mover service, and the rest of the valley by Mat Su Transit.

Get around[edit]

In general, you need a car to get around town.

See[edit]

Popular sightseeing trips include the Knik Glacier, Matanuska Glacier, Pioneer Peak.

Do[edit]

In the summer there is mountain hiking in Hatcher Pass, at The Butte, Lazy Mountain, Crevasse Moraine and Matanuska Glacier. There are quite a few convenient whitewater streams in the area. For the canoeist there's the Wasilla Lakes canoe trail, Nancy Lakes canoe trail and Meadow Creek.

In the winter there's Nordic skiing in Hatcher Pass, Moose Meadows and at Government Peak. Outdoor ice skating is available on an astonishing variety of lakes, rivers and marshes. Wasilla and Palmer are to ice skating what Yosemite is to rock climbing.

Buy[edit]

Wasilla has several branches of chain stores for buying food, clothes and outdoor supplies, dominated by a huge Fred Meyer superstore. If you are going north and forgot to bring something important with you or buy it in Anchorage, you should be able to find it in Wasilla.

Eat[edit]

Wasilla contains a collection of standard fast-food and quick-casual eating options.

Drink[edit]

Bars[edit]

  • 1 The Grape Tap, 322 N Boundary St, +1 907 376-8466. Tu-Th 5-9PM, Fr-Sa 5-10PM. Tapas restaurant and wine cellar with local, domestic and import beers in 1930s era pioneer home in downtown old Wasilla.

Coffee[edit]

Wasilla has a profusion of espresso stands that serve food as well.

Sleep[edit]

Hotels and motels[edit]

Bed and breakfast[edit]

Cabins and campgrounds[edit]

Go next[edit]

From Wasilla, it is about a 2-hour drive to Denali State Park or a 4-hour drive to Denali National Park. Fairbanks is about 7 hours north.

Routes through Wasilla
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