May 062012
 
wasilla

Population: 7,831
Elevation: 341ft (104m)

Wasilla, Alaska is the sixth largest city in the State of Alaska. This town is now probably most popular because its where the Palin family is from.  Sarah Palin was a 2008 Presidential Nominee who eventually pulled herself from the race not having enough votes to continue.  She remains a frontrunner for the Republican Party and probably would have been the most reasonable candidate during the 2012 Presidential Election.  We will never know though because she never wanted to run in the first place.  They have a professional hockey team in the North American Hockey League (the oldest and largest Junior Hockey League in the United States) called the Alaska Avalanche.  The NAHL encompasses as north as Fairbanks, Alaska and as far south as Corpus Christi, Texas.  The Avalanche play their home games at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center. 

Wasilla is a pretty religious place with over 10 churches in the town.  The Mormons even have a presence there holding meetings in a chapel on East Dellwood Street.  Their largest church however, is a non-denominational church (The Wasilla Bible Church).  Wasilla was originally established at the intersection of the Alaska Railroad and a Wagon Road.  The economy was based off of a nearby mining town but was dramatically changed when the George Parks Highway was finished.  The importance of this Highway was that it linked the two largest cities in Alaska (Anchorage and Fairbanks). I would have to say one of the largest economical gains of recent is the small-scale agricultural activity. 

Things to Do

  • Heiny’s ATV Adventures
  • Independence Mine State Historical Park
  • Alaska Tour Guides Day Tours
  • Alaska Adventure Unlimited Day Tours
  • Iditarod Headquarters
  • Alaska Denali Day Tours
  • Dorothy G Page Museum
  • Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Visitors Center
  • Sixtyone North – Alaska Photo Day Tours
  • Nancy Lakes Recreation Area
  • Knik Museum and Musher’s Hall of Fame

Places to Stay

  • Best Western Lake Lucille Inn
  • Alaska’s Select Inn Motel
  • Alaskan View Motel
  • Grand View Inn and Suites
  • Pioneer Ridge Bed and Breakfast
  • Agate Inn, Inc.
  • A Wayside B&B
  • Alaska’s Lake Lucille Bed & Breakfast
  • Gatehouse Bed & Breakfast
  • Hillside Cabins

Food to Eat

  • The Grape Tap
  • Evangelo’s Trattoria
  • Alaska Cheesecake Co.
  • Mekong Thai Cuisine
  • Kaladi Brothers Coffee
  • Krazy Moose Subs
  • Chepo’s Fiesta Restaurant
  • Taco Cancun Mexican Grill
  • Tailgaters Bar & Grill
  • Little Miller’s Ice Cream
  • Verdas Cakes & Things
  • The Daily Rush
  • Mat-Su Family Restaurant LLC
  • Tokyo Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Settlers Bay Lodge
  • Last Frontier Brewing Company

 

[smartmap address='322 North Boundary Street Wasilla, AK 99654']

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