Palmer, Alaska, is a small town in south-central Alaska that supports a healthy tourism base because of its magnificent mountain scenery and proximity to glaciers, whitewater rafting and hiking trails. Tourism in Palmer is also driven by the town's history and lore, as showcased in the vibrant arts and crafts scene.
Palmer was founded in 1935 when the surrounding Matanuska Valley was established as one of President Roosevelt's New Deal projects. The only Alaskan city with an agrarian past, Palmer was populated by Midwest families who moved to Alaska to escape the drought.
Palmer is located approximately 42 miles northeast of Alaska's capital city of Anchorage. Tourists can get to Palmer by way of the scenic Glenn Highway.
Palmer has a population of approximately 8,500, which expands significantly in the summer months when tourism is at its peak.
Tourism in Palmer is one of the town's biggest industries. Lying midway between Alaska's two largest cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks, Palmer offers tourists accessible natural beauty, as well as a variety of outdoor adventures from gold-panning to backcountry skiing.
Palmer may be best known for hosting the annual state fair, showcasing giant vegetables and produce grown in the local Matanuska Valley, as well as arts and crafts produced by local artisans.
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