Wasilla, a good size town about 45 minutes drive from Anchorage. Wasilla is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Majority of the people who live here commute to Anchorage to work. There is a lot of diverse people that live here. You can find anything from Wal-Mart, Churches, to stores that sells hand blown glass pipes. This town is the commercial center of the Valley. The Mat-Su valley has other towns near by such as Palmer, Willow, Talkeetna. Wasilla is much known for the Iditarod ( re-start) of the sled dog race in March. This place is getting bigger every year. Wasilla was really "nothing" in the early 80's until the boom of oil industry and populated the valley ever since now the valley has around 60, 000 people living in it. Nice place to visit. We finally got a Sears, so were bound to get some more big box stores. Weather is pleasant in the summer, ranging from 60-75 degrees F in the summer w/ occasional thunderstorms. Summer soltice leaves about 21 hours of daylight to do all kinds of fun activities (camping!!). Fall is short and sudden arriving in late August to Mid- September. Winter arrives with no leaves on the trees awaiting the long, cold winter. Winter starts about October and ends sometime in April. Winter soltice leaves us with, lets say 5 hours of daylight, not very perky are we. Spring finally arrives and melts all the snow creating this run-off effect ( snow melts and gets sloppy!!), leaves start popping out in early May. Overall, May and June are the best months to visit Alaska, believe me July can be rainy!