Wasilla

Population: 8,700

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

Visitor Information:
At the Dorothy G. Page Museum and Historic Town Site; phone 907-373-9071 and Mat–Su Convention & Visitors Bureau, phone 907-746-5000.

Wasilla is the largest community in the Mat-Su Valley and one of the fastest growing areas in the state. It began as a railroad station around 1917 and has grown with the Parks Highway completion in the 1970s. It is the hometown of former Alaska governor and Vice President nominee, Sarah Palin.

All visitor facilities available in Wasilla, including banks, post office, a wide variety of dining options like the Last Frontier Brewing Co; gas stations such as Essential One phone 907-373-0170; lodgings at The Best Western Lake Lucille Inn and Hillside Cabins; RV parks such as Big Bear RV Park, Lake Lucille Park (take Knik-Goose Bay Road) and Alaskan Trails RV & Camper Park; 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 Gold Rush Jewelers & Design Center, Knik Knack Mud Shack 907-376-5793, and Sylvia’s Quilt Depot. Enjoy movies at The Valley Cinema and indoor cart racing, laser tag and more at the Extreme Fun Center.

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 Dorothy G. Page Museum and Historic Town Site in downtown Wasilla. An outdoor Farmers’ Market is held at the Old Wasilla Townsite 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.