Witness the Most Breathtaking Sights Our Area Has to Offer (3 Days, 2 Nights)
he most popular length of time to stay in our area during an Alaskan vacation is three days and two nights. We have compiled an itinerary of the most recommended attractions based on years of input from our B&B guests discussing their favorites. If you’re staying between two and four nights in our area, this will give you a taste of the wildlife, natural beauty, and culture of the Mat-Su Valley. You will also be able to balance driving time and seeing it all with local experts, guides, and activities.
Follow this suggestion for an excellent driving tour with activities, or customize it for a personalized experience as you make arrangements. For additional activity ideas and important information for your trip to the area, download our free Vacation Guide now!
After breakfast, venture out to the Matanuska Glacier for a light trek on the blue ice. The drive on the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway is absolutely breathtaking! Then, head back towards Palmer and experience an ATV tour. You can take a four hour (or longer) guided tour into the backcountry to see parts of Alaska hardly anyone gets to experience. If the day is still young, check out Hatcher Pass. Sightsee at your own pace, and take in the natural beauty of Independence Mine and Summit Lake.
Enjoy 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, either 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.
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 for a mid-day tour through the park. After a six-hour 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.
If you’re looking for more fun things to do, customize your add-ins as time permits. We have a few options depending on your interests:
- Tour the Musk Ox Farm near Palmer
- A quick trip to the Iditarod Headquarters to get an overview of the race and meet the dogs
- 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
Read through the rest of our blog for suggestions having to do with special interests such as birding, antiquing, hiking, and traveling with kids. Also, take a look at the 5-Day Itinerary if you’d like to explore more, either to cover additional territory or to go more in-depth!
Plan Your Alaskan Adventure Now
Once you have had your vacation here, we encourage you to submit your itinerary and favorite spots so that we can post them for future guests to read! We value your opinion just as much as we value making your stay with us the best it can possibly be.
In addition to our luxurious cottages and apartments, we also offer a more economical option for a fantastic value with our rooms at the Inn. These feature accommodations to comfortably sleep up to five guests with a private bathroom and amenities including free breakfast, WiFi, and cable television. Check our availability today secure a room for your trip!