If you're staying between two to four nights in our area, this itinerary will give you a taste of the wildlife, the natural beauty, people and features of the Mat-Su Valley. This amount of time allows a good mix of driving and seeing it all with local experts, guides, and activities. You can follow this suggestion for a driving tour with activities, or customize any part yourself as you make the arrangements.
If you say, yes! this is for us! but don't want to make all the phone calls or schedule it all, you can purchase an Excursion Package which matches this itinerary, and Alaska Garden Gate B&B will take care of all the necessary arrangements for you. If you'd like to build your own schedule, you can find these adventures on the Activities page of our website.
Day One: After breakfast, head out to the Matanuska Glacier for a light trek on the blue ice. The drive on the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway is breathtaking. Return towards Palmer and head over to your ATV tour. Choose a 4-hour or longer guided tour into the backcountry to see parts of Alaska hardly anyone gets to experience. If the day is still young, go to Hatcher Pass. Sight-see at your own pace, and take in Independence Mine and Summit Lake.
Day Two: Have a leisurely breakfast at the B&B then drive to Dream a Dream Dog Farm for the Noon presentation and sled dog ride. Go to Talkeetna for a late lunch at one of their fabulous restaurants (downtown or at the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge). After walking along the main street for a while and snagging a few souvenirs, head over to Talkeetna Air Taxi for a flightseeing trip around Denali. Either hang around Talkeetna for dinner (the town gets more colorful as the day gets longer) or turn back towards Wasilla.
Day Three: If you're checking out from Alaska Garden Gate B&B or if it makes sense in your overall vacation, this might be the day to go to Denali National Park. Get an early start on the day and arrive at the park for a mid-day tour through the park. After the six-hour or longer bus tour, explore the shops and restaurants nearby. It'll make for a long day if you're coming back to the B&B, but hopefully one in which you've seen outstanding scenery and wildlife in the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park.
--a tour at the Musk Ox Farm near Palmer
--a quick trip to the Iditarod Headquarters to get an overview of the race and meet the dogs
--the Russian Orthodox church and the spirit houses over the graves at Eklutna, in continuous use since the late 1700's, is very unusual
--Mahay's Jet Boat tour out of Talkeetna, back to Steve Mahay's homestead
--See the other posts in this blog for suggestions having to do with special interest such as birding, antiquing, hiking, traveling with kids, or guy-stuff to do.
See also the 5-Day Itinerary if you'd like to explore more, either to cover more territory or to go more in-depth!
Once you have had your vacation here, we encourage you to submit your itinerary and favorite spots, so we can post them for future guests to read!