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The first thing visitors notice when arriving with an RV rental in Palmer, AK is the magnificent vista of mountain ranges to the north, east and south of the city. These mountains are part of the Chugach Range and surround the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, which envelopes both Palmer and nearby Wasilla. Palmer sits alongside the Matanuska River to its east, and is accessed via Alaska Highway 1.
Palmer is a relatively young town, having been incorporated in 1951, although the area had been frequented by Russian traders as early as 1741. It’s home to Corey Cogdell, who won bronze medals for trap shooting in the 2008 and 2016 Olympics.
Forty miles to the south, Anchorage is the nearest large city to Palmer. Palmer is also ground zero for the Alaska State Fair. The fair is held annually in late August, but the Alaska State Fairgrounds are open year round and home to many local events.
The Great Outdoors
A nearby hiking destination is Hatcher Pass, about 20 miles north of Palmer in the Talkeetna Mountains. Hatcher Pass is also a popular tourist destination in the summer, where the National Outdoor Leadership School offers courses in wilderness education. Later in the year, the pass is a great venue for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. When you rent a motorhome in Palmer, you can park your accommodation at Hatcher Pass while enjoying both the wild outdoors and the creature comforts of home.
Denali National Park and Preserve is about 200 miles north of Palmer, near Healy, and is worth the three-hour drive in the Palmer motorhome rental. The park spans over six million acres of rugged Alaskan wilderness. Forge your own hiking trails across the untouched landscapes; the park is set up to protect and preserve the thousands of species of wildlife that call it home, so roads and trails are minimal. And weather permitting, fortunate travelers to Denali will be present to observe the breathtaking Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights).
The city and its surrounding area is host to numerous farms; a trip here would not be complete without taking time out to see reindeer and musk ox farms, where the creatures can be viewed in their natural habitat. There are numerous nature and wildlife tours which can be taken, and visitors can also take in fishing charters and helicopter tours. Canoe and kayak tours can also be arranged with local guides.
Parking your Palmer, AK RV rental at the Alaska State Fairgrounds can make moving about the city child's play. Almost everything you need will be within walking distance. The Paradise Alaska RV Park just outside Palmer is another potential site, while the Mt. View RV Park is a short trip across the Matanuska River. To the south, the Fox Run Lodge and RV Campground is a popular destination for a Palmer luxury RV rental, and just west of the intersection of Highway 1 and 3, Big Bear Campground and RV Park rounds out your choices.
Exploring The City
Book an RV in Palmer and one of the first stops should be at the Visitor Information Center, which has maps of local historical places and stocks guidebooks that provide more in-depth information. The center is also home to the Palmer Museum of History and Art, and hires a full-time gardener in the summer to manage the city's public gardens. Palmer isn't a big city but it does have two acres of these gardens, which host 600 varieties of locally raised plants. A few blocks from the center, visitors will want to see the Church of a Thousand Trees (a Presbyterian church), which was built in 1936-37 and is one of 17 structures that are a part of the National Register's Matanuska Colony Historic District.
Palmer is home to the Mat-Su Miners, a collegiate level baseball team that has won two National Baseball Congress championships (in 1987 and 1997), as well as the Valley Steelers, a semi-pro football team. Games are played at Hermon Brothers Field on the Alaska State Fairgrounds (the Miners) and at Palmer High School (the Steelers). Palmer also hosts the Alaska Raceway Park, where viewers can watch car racing and other auto events.
The Alaska State Fair has rides for the children and adults, as well as exhibitions of art, which include pottery, woodworking, sewing and needlework, photography and more. Palmer is well known for its agriculture and has on display baking and canned goods, poultry, rabbits and livestock, and beekeeping and honey. Some of the prepared foods can be purchased as well as viewed at their individual stands; past visitors have especially recommended the donut burger. The fair hosts contests for local vendors, such as the Great Pumpkin and Giant Cabbage Weigh Offs, and holds some national and world records for largest produce in different categories. In 2008, it awarded 1st place and a $2,000 prize for a cabbage that weighed 79.1 lbs.
Those with a hankering for photography won't want to miss Independence Mine State Historical Park, Bodenburg Butte, Lazy Mountain or Pioneer Falls. The Government Peak Recreation Area offers mountain biking trails as well as hiking.
When it becomes time to re-energize after (or during) the day's activities, Palmer does not disappoint on the culinary front, either. Visitors here can choose from cheap eateries to more moderately priced venues, and Palmer even offers its own local alehouse where diners can choose from salads to nachos and more, and wash it down with a cold one. Wine aficionados can treat themselves to the local wine bar.
Palmer is a strong advocate for eating friendly, eating locally, and obtains much of its supplies from the local farms (which also supply the local food stores). Angus steaks can be had here, as well as soups and pies, all prepared on site, and there are even options for Asian cuisine and deli delights. Eat out or dine in in your Palmer camper rental, the choices are plentiful.
RV Rentals in Palmer, AK
Palmer, AK is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Palmer. Outdoorsy's Palmer RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.
RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby
Nearby to Palmer are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach State Park, Chugach National Forest, Lake Clark Park & Wilderness, Lake Clark National Park, and Independence Mine State Park.
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