Nestled between two lakes, Wasilla is home to the world-famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race Headquarters and is a bustling hub of the Mat-Su Valley. It is one of the fastest-growing areas in Alaska, but it still retains a small-town feel. Wasilla begins about 40 miles north of Anchorage along the Parks Highway (Hwy. 3) and continues along the Parks Highway for several miles. With its sister city, Palmer, the area is considered the “Core Area” of the Mat-Su Valley, representing the largest population base of the 23,000-square feet Mat-Su Borough.
Big box stores and quaint, family-operated shops provide visitors with shopping opportunities both big and small. Restaurants of all varieties can also be found in Wasilla, from cultural cuisine to fine dining
Wasilla celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016, beginning as a small mining outpost. History buffs will appreciate the area’s mining history and exploring the Old Townsite Park (including Wasilla’s first schoolhouse) at the Wasilla Museum. Fresh produce is available weekly at the museum’s farmers market every Wednesday during the summer. Check out the impressive collection of planes, trains and automobiles housed at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry. Independence Mine, in Hatcher Pass, is just a 20-minute drive from downtown Wasilla.
Wasilla has a full range of personal and business services available for travelers. There are also RV parks located on the north and south ends of the town to accommodate those in motorhomes looking to extend their stay.
Other top Wasilla attractions include the Veterans Wall of Honor, the gateway to Hatcher Pass and lake fishing opportunities.