Wasilla

Newcomb Park, in Wasilla, is a great place to stop for a picnic on a nice day. (Photo by Serine Reeves)

Population: 9,200

Located between Wasilla and Lucille lakes in the Susitna Valley, about 42 miles north of Anchorage, on the Parks Highway.

Visitor Information:
At the Wasilla Museum & Visitor Center; on Main Street, phone (907) 373-9071.

Wasilla is the business and financial center for the Mat-Su Valley, with major chain retail stores, small businesses, fast-food restaurants and auto dealerships along the Parks Highway. New residential subdivisions have sprung up along Wasilla’s back roads in this fastest-growing area in the state.

All visitor facilities available in Wasilla, including banks, post office, a wide variety of dining options; gas stations such as Essential One phone (907) 373-0170; lodging at The Best Western Lake Lucille Inn and The Roadside Inn; RV parks such as Big Bear RV Park and Lake Lucille Park (take Knik-Goose Bay Road); major-chain retail stores, supermarkets, tire and RV repair, laundromats, an ice arena, sports complex and several area parks including a skateboard park. Shopping can be found at Knik Knack Mud Shack (907) 376-5793 and Sylvia’s Quilt Depot.

Attractions:

  • Camping and fishing is available at Little Susitna River, Finger Lake SRS and dozens of other lakes and streams. Fish for king and silver salmon, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, arctic grayling, lake trout and arctic char.
  • Visit Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race™ headquarters; stop by Knik Museum and Sled Dog Musher Hall of Fame.
  • Learn about the history of this region at the Wasilla Museum & Visitor Center in downtown Wasilla.
  • Enjoy the outdoor Farmers’ Market is held at the Iditapark on Nelson Avenue every Wednesday in summer.
  • Stop by the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry and tour their extensive collection of historic aircrafts, railroad equipment and old vehicles and farm machinery.
  • Visit the Veterans Wall of Honor—intended to resemble the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C.—consisting of black granite panels inscribed with the names of veterans, living or deceased, who have either received an honorable discharge or are presently serving in the military. The names of the only 2 Alaskan MIAs (Marine E4 Thomas E. Anderson and Navy E3 Howard M. Koslosky) from the Vietnam War appear on the Wasilla Wall of Honor.