Travelling from Hatcher Pass B&B the 10 miles to Wasilla is through a windy, country style road that follows the curves of the Little Susitna River. The beautiful birch trees line the drive and provide beautiful colors when they are in bloom. Wasilla is the shopping hub for the Matanuska Valley area with Target, Walmart, a very large Fred Meyer’s shopping center and several chain restaurants. Local eateries, such as; Grape Tap – higher priced dinners with lovely wines for dinner, Evangelo’s open for lunch and dinner – a locally owned Italian restaurant that serves steaks and seafood, and several little restaurants serving good food.
The Iditarod Headquarters, just a couple of miles down Knik Goose Bay Road, provides much information about the Iditarod Dog Race. They also have a gift shop and often have someone available with racing dogs and a sled.
Driving up the Parks Highway, Talkeetna is about a 1½ hour drive north. If the weather permits you will start seeing Denali (Mt. McKinley) near the town of Willow. Continue on your drive up to the quaint town of Talkeetna, take-off point for everyone that climbs Mt. McKinley. Talkeetna is located at the confluence of three rivers – the Talkeetna, Susitna, and Chulitna Rivers, and the town is mainly a one street bee hive of activity in the summer, with good eats and little shops. The airport is another hot spot and a sightseeing trip around MtMcKinley is a trip of a lifetime, and the folks at Talkeetna Air Taxi know the ropes and area very well. Mahay”s River Boat Trips is another favorite of the area.