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The first thing visitors arriving in their Palmer rental RV see is the magnificent vista of mountain ranges to the north, east and south of Palmer. 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 has a racial mix of African-American, European, Asian, Hispanic and aboriginal cultures. It is also home to Corey Cogdell, who won bronze medals for trap shooting in the 2008 and 2016 Olympics.

Forty-three miles to the south, Anchorage is the nearest large city to Palmer. Palmer is also ground zero for the Alaska State Fair, whose grounds are located about two miles to the south. The Alaska State Fair runs annually in late August, but the Alaska State Fairgrounds are open all year round and home to many local events.


The Great Outdoors

A favorite hiking destination is Hatcher Pass, 22 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. Renting a motorhome in Palmer means you can park your accommodation at Hatcher Pass while enjoying both the wild outdoors and the creature comforts of home.

Chugach State Park is a massive expanse of Alaska wilderness, spanning 495,000 acres of land. This park features rugged terrain, waterfalls, dramatic ocean views, and lots of trails to traverse. Explore the Iditarod National Historic Trail, or relax along the shores of Eklutna Lake. The Chugach region is home to all of the usual Alaskan wildlife, like moose, mountain goats, wolves, and plenty of bears.

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 first place and a $2,000 prize for a cabbage that weighed 79.1 lbs.

When you book an RV in Palmer, stop by 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, 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.

RV Parks

Parking your Palmer RV rental at the Alaska State Fairgrounds will make moving about the city child's play. Almost everything you need will be within walking distance. The Paradise Alaska RV Park is another potential spot to park the camper rental near Palmer, while the Mountain View RV Park is a short trip across the Matanuska River. To the south, the Fox Run Lodge and RV Campground is another destination for your Palmer luxury RV rental, and just west of the intersection of Highway 1 and 3, Big Bear Campground and RV Park is a nice place to consider, too.

Exploring The City

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 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 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 that 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.

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 options for Asian cuisine and deli delights. Eat out or dine in in your Palmer motorhome 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Palmer, AK

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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Hatcher Pass Scenic Drive Palmer, AK
Crevasse Moraine Trail Palmer, AK
Lazy Mountain Trail Palmer, AK
Matanuska Peak Trail Palmer, AK
Bodenburg Butte Palmer, AK
Pioneer Ridge Trail Palmer, AK
Fishook Trail Palmer, AK
Eydlu Bena Loop Trail Palmer, AK
Pepper Peak Trail Chugach State Park, AK
Twin Peaks Trail Chugach State Park, AK

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Willow Creek Campground Matanuska-Susitna, AK
Centennial Campground Anchorage County, AK
Montana Creek Campground Matanuska-Susitna, AK
Timberlake Campground Jackson County, NC
Flaming Arrow Campground Jackson County, NC
Adventure Trail Campground Jackson County, NC

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Recommendations for Palmer, AK from Outdoorsy Owners

Thunderbird Falls

Beautiful hike with a waterfall. Kids can do this one. Bears and Moose so beware. Its about 2 miles from the pickup of the RV

Dog-friendly Hiking Kid-friendly
Jul 30, 2019
Eklutna Lake

Pristine Glacier Lake that supplies the drinking water for Anchorage, AK

Jul 13, 2018
Independence Mine State Historical Park Visitor Center

Independence hard-rock gold mine was once home to 206 workers and 16 families who lived high above tree line. Digging and blasting, workers recovered 140,000 ounces of gold before the mine shut down.

Jun 18, 2018
Alaska State Fair Inc

Each fall, Nestled in the heart of the Chugach Mountains, in the fertile Matanuska-Susitna Valley the Fair provides the perfect setting for Alaska’s last blast of summer showcasing the best of Alaska.

Jun 17, 2018
Hatcher Pass

Beautiful place to hike and explore the old gold mine. Hikes for all levels, and you can drive up the mountain for gorgeous views of the Mat-Su valley.

Dog-friendly Cheap Hiking Kid-friendly Historic Sightseeing Day trip
Jul 4, 2017