Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula offers adventure opportunities galore, from world-class fishing and river rafting to wildlife viewing and photography. Hike to the ice-blue Exit Glacier in Seward or kayak along the coves of Kachemak Bay near Homer. Take in Alaska Native and Russian history in Ninilchik. Look for moose and bears in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a 2 million acre refuge that encompasses mountains, tundra, lakes, and forests. Spot whales and other marine life and marvel at towering tidewater glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park, one of the most popular national parks in Alaska.
If you’re into fishing, you’ll want to try salmon fishing on Kenai River or launch off a beach for halibut fishing in Anchor Point. Listen to live music in Hope or watch runners race up Seward’s Mount Marathon – one of the toughest 5K races in the world held every 4th of July. The Kenai Peninsula is an easy drive south from Anchorage, with stunning views of Turnagain Arm and the Chugach Mountains.
The Kenai Peninsula offers endless winter adventures, too, including cross country skiing, dogsledding, snowshoeing, ice fishing, fat tire biking, and northern lights viewing.
All of that adventure comes with plenty of visitor services and places to stay including campgrounds, cozy cabins, vacation rentals, hotels, and remote lodges. With all of that to offer, it’s easy to see why the Kenai Peninsula is called “Alaska’s Playground.”
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Kenai Peninsula: Cities & Towns
Kenai Peninsula: Parks