Alaskan View Motel (2650 E. Parks Hwy., 907/376-6787, www.alaskanviewmotel.com , $105–125 d) is a modern two-story log building across from Nye Ford. It’s convenient for shopping and dining, and windows frame the Chugach Range.
Alaska’s Select Inn (3451 Palmdale Dr., 907/357-4768 or 888/357-4768, www.alaskaselectinn.com ) is a newly built place with spacious guest rooms ($116 d) and suites ($137 d), all with full kitchens and Wi-Fi.
Best Western Lake Lucille Inn (1300 W. Lake Lucille Dr., 907/373-1776 or 800/897-1776, www.bestwestern.com/lakelucilleinn , $169–199 d) has 54 roomy guest rooms ($169–199 d) and suites ($279–299 d), many with private balconies overlooking the lake. Guests will also appreciate the fitness center, sauna, hot tub, business center, Wi-Fi, and continental breakfasts.
Agate Inn (907/373-2290 or 800/770-2290, www.agateinn.com ), three miles from Wasilla on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway, has a variety of lodging options scattered over four buildings: motel-type rooms with king beds ($135–155 d), apartment suites with kitchens ($195–275), and two guest houses ($225–375 for up to 6 people). A continental breakfast is provided. The six pet reindeer on the grounds are a favorite of guests.
Mat-Su Lodge (1850 Bogard Rd., 907/376-3228, www.matsulodge.com ) charges $104 d for standard guest rooms or cabins. The resort sits on the quiet north side of Lake Wasilla and has paddleboats for rent.
Lake Lucille B&B (907/357-0353 or 888/353-0352, www.alaskaslakelucillebnb.com ) is a gracious home right on the shore of Lake Lucille, just a short distance from Wasilla. The four guest rooms (with shared baths) are a reasonable $79–89 d; a family suite is $99. A light breakfast starts each day.
For something more uniquely Alaskan, stay at Pioneer Ridge B&B (1830 E. Parks Hwy., 907/376-7472 or 800/478-7472, www.pioneerridge.com , $99–159 d). This distinctive former barn sits on a hill in the country south of Wasilla . Six guest rooms with shared or private baths are available. A buffet breakfast is served in the common room, where you can also play a game of pool, watch a video, listen to the player piano, surf the Web, or simply relax. On top of the house is a unique glass-enclosed room with a fireplace and 360-degree views.
Visit the Mat-Su Bed & Breakfast Association’s website (www.alaskabnbhosts.com ) for links to local B&Bs, including a daily vacancy listing in the summer.
The city-run Lake Lucille Park (907/373-9014, www.cityofwasilla.com , $10, no RV hookups) is an 80-acre natural area with trails and campsites two miles south of Wasilla off Knik–Goose Bay Road. There’s another public campground (907/746-4644 or 800/952-8624, www.lifetimeadventures.net , $15) at Finger Lake State Recreation Site, six miles east of Wasilla on Bogard Road.
Big Bear RV Park (2010 S. Church St., 907/745-7445, www.bigbearrv.net ) has RV and tent sites, but many RVers park for free in local shopping mall lots.