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Palmer is located in south-central Alaska in the shadow of the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains. As of 2010, the population was 5,937 residents. Palmer is approximately 42 miles northeast of Anchorage. It lies on the north shore of the Matanuska River. A popular hiking place called Hatcher Pass is located in the mountains about 22 miles from Palmer. The town of Palmer got its' start as an agricultural community, when families were sent to colonize the area under a government program during the Great Depression. It's unique in this aspect, as being the only town in Alaska to begin as an agricultural community. The town quickly grew and is still growing today. Farming also still plays an important role in the community. The city of Palmer has preserved a lot of its historic charm. Wooden storefronts and an old-fashioned Main Street offers an abundance of shops and eateries, and attracts a lot of tourists. Palmers Visitors Center is located right in the downtown area, and is a good source of information on things to do in the area. The town of Palmer is also home to the Alaska State Fair each August. Other nearby attractions include nearby Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine State Historical Park. Tours of the mine are available, as well as hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing in the park. Winter sports include snowshoeing, skiing and snowmachining.

Surrounding areas: Sutton, Alaska (10.5 mi), Wasilla, Alaska (10.8 mi), Eklutna, Alaska (12.8 mi), Chugiak, Alaska (18.5 mi), Eagle River, Alaska (24.4 mi), Chickaloon, Alaska (25.2 mi), Big Lake, Alaska (28.2 mi)

Palmer Vacation Rentals

Palmer Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Fairview Motel1930 GLN HwyPalmer, AK (907) 745-1505
Agate Inn4725 Begich CirWasilla, AK7.3 mi.(907) 373-2290
Best Western Lake Lucille Inn1300 W Lk Lucille DrWasilla, AK10.8 mi.(907) 373-1776
Roadside InnWasilla, AK10.8 mi.(907) 373-4646
Trail Masters LLC ( Log Cabin Rentals)HC 30 2150 S Endeavor RdWasilla, AK10.8 mi.(907) 357-4889
Windbreak Cafe2201 E Park HwyWasilla, AK11.0 mi.(907) 376-4484
Eagle River Microtel13049 Old Glenn HwyEagle River, AK23.4 mi.(907) 622-6000
Eagle River Motel11111 Old Eagle River RdEagle River, AK24.5 mi.(907) 694-5000
Big Lake MotelBig Lake, AK28.2 mi.(907) 892-7976

Palmer Weather & Climate

South-central Alaska has cool summers and bitterly cold winters. The summer weather is tempered by the relatively warm ocean waters to the south and the Alaska Range to the north, which protects it from the very cold temperatures common to interior Alaska. Summer temperatures are in the 60s and 70s, with occasional highs in the 80s. Winter temperatures average around 6.4 degrees F. minimum, but may fall to 20 degrees below zero and rise above freezing later on. September is the wettest month of the year. Summertime weather is typically cloudy, although sunny skies are not uncommon. This region receives about 50 inches of snowfall in the winter. There are two glaciers in the area, the Matanuska Glacier and the Knik Glacier. Wind blows off of these glaciers and funnels into the region.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 21°F 6°F 0.84 in. -
February 26°F 9°F 0.84 in. -
March 35°F 17°F 0.72 in. -
April 46°F 28°F 0.44 in. -
May 57°F 37°F 0.66 in. -
June 64°F 45°F 1.31 in. -
July 66°F 49°F 2.06 in. -
August 64°F 47°F 2.29 in. -
September 56°F 39°F 2.59 in. -
October 41°F 26°F 1.74 in. -
November 28°F 13°F 1.09 in. -
December 23°F 8°F 1.22 in. -

Palmer Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Palmer Municipal airport (PAQ) located right in Palmer and the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport (ANC) located approximately 41 miles southwest of Palmer in Anchorage, Alaska.

Palmer Attractions

Golf Courses
Palmer Golf CoursePalmerAK 
Settlers Bay Golf CourseWasillaAK10.5 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf CourseWasillaAK10.5 mi.
Ski Areas
AlpenglowAnchorageAK37.1 mi.
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK37.1 mi.
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK45.5 mi.
State Parks
Chugach State ParkAK32.8 mi. 

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