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  • Palmer

    From the majestic Pioneer and Twin Peaks in the Chugach Range to the Talkeetna Mountains in South central Alaska, Palmer is framed in breathtaking beauty. Located 42 miles northeast of Anchorage the city's unique history and heritage are unparalleled in the state.

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    Palmer is striking because its appearance is a blend of Midwestern farming community and alpine paradise: old red barns and fields of hay are bordered by knife-edged mountain peaks. This downtown area exudes a 1930s ambience, as much of it has been preserved right down to the antique furniture and wood floors.

    Palmer is a full-service community and central to several day trip possibilities. To the north, Hatcher Pass Road leads to scenic Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine State Historical Park. The Hatcher Pass area is a stunning recreational area filled with panoramas of the Talkeetna Mountains, foot trails and gold mine artifacts including the 16 remaining buildings of Independence Mine. To the south is Knik Glacier, which is best experienced on an airboat ride up the Knik River.

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    • Top Tip 1

      From Girdwood, take an Alpine Air helicopter sightseeing trip over the Chugach Mountain range and land on a glacier.

    • Top Tip 2

      Visit the Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward. It's a marine mammal rehabilitation facility where you'll view sea-birds, octopus and sea lions and learn about the work of the centre’s ocean scientists.

    • Top Tip 3

      Take a day cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park to view the magnificent glaciers and abundant wildlife.

    • Top Tip 4

      Alaska is mecca for fishermen worldwide. Try your hand at fly, salt or freshwater fishing and even ice-fishing.

    • Top Tip 5

      Take a float plane ride from Anchorage to Kodiak Island to see the owners of the island, the half ton Brown Bear!

    • Top Tip 6

      The best time to see the Northern Lights in Fairbanks is between November and April. It’s darkest during these months so the viewing is better.

    • Top Tip 7

      Make sure you visit Denali National Park. Private vehicles aren't allowed in the park so either take a day excursion or, better still, stay in one of the lodges within the park.

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