Interesting Things To Do In Wasilla, AK

If you’ve been to Alaska but want to tour a destination a bit off the beaten path, Wasilla is the perfect place to experience Alaskan scenery and history. Just over 35 miles north of Anchorage, Wasilla is all about small town charm and the Iditarod. Another great part is nearby Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages, a small bed and breakfast between Palmer and Wasilla that is a great place to stay for your Wasilla adventures. Here are the most interesting things to do in this Alaskan small town.

Iditarod Headquarters
The Iditarod Headquarters is open year-round and is home many Alaskan mushers. This is a dog sled museum housed in a log cabin with photos, video viewings, and trophies from past dog sledding races. These races take place along 1,049 miles of terrain across Alaska, beginning at Iditarod. You can have a unique Alaskan experience here, even taking a dog cart ride yourself.

Museum of Alaskan Transportation and Industry
The Museum of Alaskan Transportation and Industry is now 50 years old and holds a collection of planes, trains, and automobiles. They hold different events throughout the year, and there’s a lot to learn about Alaska’s history here. Dog cart rides are also available.

Matanuska Greenbelt Trails
These trails have extraordinary views of glacial landforms and the area has a lot of history behind it. The trails are known for being on the more challenging side. The land is owned by Matanuska Experiment Farm and they offer a self-guided tour of the farms with 21 viewing stops as well.

Bearpaw River Brewing Company
This microbrewery, run by four Alaskan brothers, holds a taproom with various hand-crafted beers that you can sample. They also offer different styles of beer including draft, kegs, growlers, and bottles to go. See how the beer is made at the brewery and experience this family company firsthand.

Independence Mine State Historical Park
The Independence Mine State Historical Park of Alaska is a park in the mountains with a gold-mining museum and a self-guided tour through a real mine camp. Gold is what drew so many travelers to Alaska, and therefore it is a large part of Alaska’s history. Independence Mine is open from mid-June to Labor Day.

Dorothy G. Page Museum
Dorothy G. Page is known as the “Mother of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race”. The museum is now 100 years old and encompasses traveling exhibits and historic homes and buildings that can be visited. Each month they celebrate a new era of Wasilla history in their temporary gallery and will also often hold events or activities related to these eras.

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