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Palmer, Alaska

Nestled in the Matanuska Valley and bordered by the Chugach Range and Talkeetna Mountains Palmer is surrounded by spectacular grandeur. Located 42 miles northeast of Anchorage on the Glenn Highway, Palmer is a destination as unique and unparalleled as can be found in the state. The downtown welcomes visitors as it is pedestrian-friendly and has numerous business, shops, and farmers’ markets offering a variety shopping experiences including clothing boutiques, vendors with arts and crafts from local artists, and world-class fresh produce. Noteably, Palmer is a garden hub for the state, the agriculture in Palmer is a staple for communities across the State of Alaska. Experience the warm and relaxed feel of small-town Alaska. During the summer the city of Palmer is bustling with activities. The Friday Fling market and fair provides entertainment and music along with food and fun. Palmer also has a world-class 18-hole golf course. From hiking in the near-by mountains, exploring the rivers, or leisurely strolling through the gardens and Visitor Center museum recreation abounds in the summertime in Palmer.  During the winter the snowy slopes at nearby Hatcher Pass and surrounding areas offer snow machining, snow-shoeing, ice skating, dogsled mushing and cross-country skiing. Any time of the year is a great time to visit Palmer.  The city is home to the annual Alaska State Fair. Visit the fair and see the amazing giant vegetables produced by the unique microclimate surrounding Palmer.

The many Things to do in Palmer

The Alaska State Fair

The Alaska State Fair has been annually held in Palmer since 1936 and is a continuious source of fun and excitment for the people of Alaska. It combines agricultural exhbitions with rides, live music, a rodeo, and lots of food! The fair is approximately 12 days and begins at the end of August  and goes through to the beginning of September. This event draws visitors from the entire state and is famous for its record setting giant vegetables and picturesque location at the foot of the Chugach Mountains in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The fair features amusement rides, food concessions, competitive exhibits, carnival games, live performances and much more. 

The Palmer Golf Course

The city of Palmer has an exciting par 72, 7,300 yard Championship golf course. Located in the heart of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley the course is designed around some of the most awe-inspiring vistas. Players and visitors to the course are rewarded with spectacular views of Pioneer Peak, The Knik Glacier, and the Matanuska River.

The Palmer golf course boasts a first-rate practice facility that includes two practice greens, an all grass driving range, and a full accompaniment of powered carts for your convenience. Golf Digest magazine continually ranks this breathaking course in the top five in their “Best of State” edition. The course also has four sets of tees, welcoming players of all skill levels. The Palmer golf course is an inviting, sublime place for anyone who loves golf to enjoy.



The Parks of Palmer

flopra fauna, playgrounds, tennis courts, picnic areas, baseball and softball, soccer fields, pavilions, skate park

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