Palmer is a blend of a Midwestern farming community and alpine paradise where old red barns and fields of hay are bordered by knife-edged mountains and peaks. The downtown area has a 1930’s feel to it and much of it has been preserved right down to the antique furniture and wooden floors.

To the north of Palmer the Hatcher Pass Road leads to scenic Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine State Historical Park. The Hatcher Pass area is a stunning recreational area filled with panoramas of the Talkeetna Mountains, walking trails and gold mine artifacts including the 16 remaining buildings of Independence Mine. To the south of Palmer is Knik Glacier, which is best experienced on an airboat ride up the Knik River.