Only 40 miles north of Anchorage lies Wasilla. There is always something new for visitors to do in the area, like hiking, fishing, and visiting historic sites. You can do it all in Wasilla. But most importantly, it’s the headquarters of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The 1,000-mile annual Iditarod travels between Anchorage and Nome. Mushers, and their team of 12-14 dogs, cover the distance in 8-15 days, depending on the weather and conditions. As the most popular sporting event in Alaska, the Iditarod welcomes 50 mushers each year who try to take the championship.
A jet charter airport in Wasilla takes visitors to an area full of natural beauty and activities. Hatcher Pass is a draw for hikers and history buffs. The 3,886-foot pass soars above the treeline, and has a clear view of the Talkeetna Mountains. The pass surrounds Independence Mine State Historical Park where visitors can see gold mine artifacts and 16 buildings of the Alaska-Pacific Mining Company that closed in 1955.
Mat-Su Valley is dotted with rivers and lakes that are so stocked with fish it would make any angler jump for joy. Rainbow trout and grayling are popular catches, but the king salmon is the most sought-after catch. Visit in early June to see the king salmon travel to the Susitna River.
Step back in time at the Wasilla Museum and Wasilla Historic Town Site Park. Both of these popular visitor destinations showcase recreated buildings of the early 20th century. Browse the wares at the trading post, take notes at the one-room schoolhouse or imagine the clang of iron in the blacksmith shop.