Things To Do In Palmer

The historic Hyland Hotel is located right in downtown Palmer and is just a short walk to local restaurants and shops. Additionally, we have provided approximate driving times below to local attractions which guests can expect to enjoy while visiting our quaint and welcoming little town.

Quietly nestled in the Chugach Range, Palmer offers one-of-a-kind views throughout the area, as well as local activities that can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life! You will see Pioneer Peak, Lazy Mountain, Matanuska Peak, and the rest of our beautiful mountains prominently displayed all around you while you’re in town. Bring a good camera, you’re going to need it!

Visitors can also expect to enjoy area activities including hunting, fishing, biking, canoeing, hiking, aurora borealis viewing, skiing, snowmachining, 4-wheeling, guided tours, ziplining, baseball (our local team is the Mat-Su Minors), golfing, racing, shopping, sightseeing, the Friday Fling (in the summer), fireworks shows, parades, and much much more!

Visit the Palmer Chamber of Commerce website at https://www.palmerchamber.org/ to see a calendar of events happening within the city limits, or search online for additional places to visit and things to do while you’re in town! Tell them the Hyland Hotel sent you!

Drive Times to Local Attractions:

  • Palmer City Center = 1 Minute (0.2 Miles)
  • Palmer Bar & Grill = 1 Minute (0.2 Miles)
  • Vagabond Blues (Coffee Shop) = 1 Minute (0.3 Miles)
  • Palmer Visitor Information Center = 1 Minute (0.3 Miles)
  • Palmer Train Depot = 1 Minute (0.3 Miles)
  • Homespun Alley (local artists, vendors, and handmade items) = 2 Minutes
  • Bigfoot Art Gallery (Bigfoot Museum and Music Shop) = 2 Minutes
  • Palmer Skate Park = 3 Minutes
  • Alaska State Fairgrounds / Raven Hall = 5 Minutes (2 Miles)
  • Herman Brothers Baseball Field / Mat-Su Minors = 5 Minutes (2.2 Miles)
  • Matanuska Valley Sportsmen’s (Indoor Gun Range) = 6 Minutes
  • Palmer Golf Course = 6 Minutes
  • Kepler Park (fishing, canoeing) = 8 Minutes
  • Reindeer Farm = 13 Minutes
  • Butte Trailhead (Hiking) = 12 Minutes
  • Knik River Access (Boat Ramp) = 14 Minutes
  • Jim Creek Recreational Campground (Hiking, Fishing, Camping, 4-wheeling, etc.) = 15 Minutes
  • Alaska Raceway Park = 15 Minutes
  • Reflections Lake (Hiking, Fishing) = 16 Minutes
  • Pioneer Falls = 17 Minutes
  • Alaska Horse Adventures = 17 Minutes
  • Alaska Zipline Adventure Park = 17 Minutes
  • Kenny & Patty Barber (Maud Road) Shooting Range = 18 Minutes
  • Wasilla City Center = 18 Minutes
  • Eklutna Trailrace (Fishing) = 19 Minutes
  • Hatcher Pass / Independence Mine (Hiking, Skiing, Mine Tour) = 34 Minutes
  • Anchorage City Center = 48 Minutes
  • Matanuska Glacier (Hiking, Glacier Tour, Glacier Viewing) = 1 Hour, 14 Minutes
  • Talkeetna, Alaska = 1 Hour, 42 Minutes
  • Denali National Park & Preserve = 3 Hours, 39 Minutes