The Glenn Highway National Scenic
Byway follows a path carved by ancient glaciers.
Following the braided Matanuska River for over
half its length, this Byway winds through 135
miles of the most impressive terrain on earth.
Winters present you with a splendid
sky show when the Northern Lights dance among
the snow-capped mountains, while summers bring
you endless days to roam in fields of wildflowers
and ancient forests.
Nelchina Glacier. credit: Aneta Synan, ADOT&PF
- Start your journey in downtown Anchorage, where you soon see the Chugach Mountains that parallel the Byway along its entire route.
- Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center off Muldoon Road, which provides the visitor a glimpse at Alaska's five major Native groups.
- Access the 500,000-acre Chugach State Park and its many trails and attractions from Eagle River/ Chugiak.
- Eklutna Village Historical Park provides another look into the heritage of the Athabascan Alaska Natives.
- Enter historic Palmer and its many colony farms dating back to FDR's 1935 Depression era farming experiment. Palmer comes alive in late August with the annual Alaska State Fair.
- You enter the glacier-carved Matanuska River Canyon as you leave Palmer. The historic coal mining community of Sutton provides a look at early 1900 Alaska.
- At the Byway's end at Eureka Summit, see four of Alaska's major mountain ranges: the Alaska Range, the Chugach Mountains, the Talkeetna Mountains and the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains.
Matanuska Glacier Wayside. Credit: Aneta Synan, Alaska DOT PF
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