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.
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.