Postcards from Alaska: Sarah Palin’s House

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Campaigning in Tampa, Oct. 2008opens IMAGE file
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Campaigning in Tampa, Oct. 2008

I’m two days from becoming mayor of Sarah Palin’s House FourSquare alerted me after checking in from a very quick visit to the former Alaska governor’s driveway. opens in a new windowWasilla, Alaska, was a stop when returning to Anchorage from Fairbanks earlier this month, and since I wanted to add a little pop culture into the trip, I was determined to find her house.

Amazingly, it was pretty easy to find. I Googled “where does Sarah Palin live” and opens in a new windowthis article on AlaskaReport.com came up. In addition to the address it included a satellite map indicating the Palin Compound on Lake Lucille. When I inserted her mailing address (on W. Parks Highway) in Google Maps, we were routed near the house. See the red marker in the photo below.

Palin Compound in the White Boxopens IMAGE file
Palin Compound in the White Box

We first visited the opens in a new windowBest Western Lake Lucille Inn, walked out to the boat docks and could see portions of the Palin yard and seaplane, I think. We then drove as far as we could down Lake Lucille Drive to a yellow “Private Keep Out” sign. We figured this was the house author Joe McGinniss was residing in and annoying the Palin family. We could see the extended fence the Palins constructed to maintain privacy.

View of the Palin Compound (with the Sea Plane) from the Best Western Lake Lucille, Wasilla, AKopens IMAGE file
View of the Palin Compound (with the Seaplane) from the Best Western Lake Lucille, Wasilla, AK

We then drove down Nevada Drive and at the end were greeted with “Private Property” signs at what we assumed to be Palin’s driveway. I waved to the security camera, indicating our intentions were friendly. Past the fence of the driveway, I could see a little shed, perhaps a security gateway into the compound.

Original Palin House with the Fence Built Up (Next Door Out of View is the New House with Fox News TV Studio)opens IMAGE file
Original Palin House with the Fence Built Up (Next Door Out of View is the New House with Fox News TV Studio)

Turned out Palin was in opens in a new window Iowa Saturday on the non-campaign trail on the day of our visit. Would have liked to meet Sarah Palin at home in Alaska. I would tell her although I didn’t vote for her and McCain in 2008, her TV show, opens in a new window“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on TLC, inspired this trip. Not only was  I was supporting her state’s economy she opened my eyes and mind to a new wondrous world during my quick trip. Maybe I can tell her once she officially hits the campaign trail. Maybe.

"Private Property" Signs Greet Visitors of the Palin Compound in Wasilla, Alaskaopens IMAGE file
"Private Property" Signs Greet Visitors of the Palin Compound in Wasilla, Alaska

And could I see Russia? Nope, it was a bit cloudy…

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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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