When planning your RV adventure in Alaska, you might overlook the small town of Palmer and scenic Hatcher Pass. But do yourself a favor and put these historic Alaskan locales on your itinerary.
The charming town of Palmer is only a 35 minute drive from Anchorage, but it has a 1950's aura that can make you feel nostalgic. It's a "real" town featuring sidewalks, a popular high school football team, and farm roots stretching back to the Great Depression. If you're looking for a bit of history set in spectacular natural beauty, Palmer is your place!
The community started as a "colony" of 203 farmers sent north by Franklin Roosevelt in 1935. Today there are still farming families growing peas, potatoes, carrots, rhubarb, and lettuce. This fertile valley is the home of the famous giant cabbages featured at the Alaska State Fair at the end of August.
Some great activities around Palmer include:
A short drive from Palmer is Hatcher Pass. This pass is 3,000 feet above sea level the Independence Mine State Historical Park. The mine started in 1906 and was active until 1951. Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour around the abandoned buildings as well as participate in some world-class hiking. Popular trails inlcude:
Gold Mint Trail - an 18 mile round trip to the Mint Glacier. There are restrooms as well as a user fee.
Hard Rock Trail - This half-mile trail is an easy walking tour to the restored mining camp.
Summit Lake Trail - At the 3,886 foot Hatcher Pass Summit, you can follow the trail around Summit Lake to take in fantastic views of the Susitna Valley and the Alaska Range.
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