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Kenai Peninsula

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The Kenai is one of the most popular destinations in Alaska, and the reason is the water. Whether you come to see the spectacular fjords, glaciers and bays, or to battle salmon on the end of your fishing line, the Kenai attracts thousands of visitors a year. Kenai Fjords National Park covers the southern end of the peninsula west of the town of Seward. Much of the park is inaccessible by land, so the best way to see the park is by boat. Daily cruises through the park are available from Seward. In addition, one can take a kayak trip through parts of the park, to get a much more “up close and personal” view. For the more adventurous of the bunch, you can fly over the icefields of the Kenai Peninsula, land on a glacier, and take a dog mushing trip! Fishing is an important industry on the Kenai Peninsula, both commercially and recreationally. Some of the most spectacular salmon runs in the world converge on the Kenai River, and the other rivers on the peninsula. The world record hook-and-line caught salmon came from the Kenai River, and the fish weighed in at over 98 pounds! World class fishing guides tan take you on your own personal adventure for salmon, or out to Cook Inlet or the Gulf of Alaska for halibut.

Places To Eat  –

When you think of where to eat on the Kenai Peninsula, virtually every thought turns to seafood. Ray’s Waterfront Lodge is a fantastic place to eat in Seward. And in Cooper Landing, a visit to Sackett’s is worth the trip.

Places to Stay –

There are dozens of great choices for accommodations on the Kenai Peninsula. Whether you’re looking for a world-class fishing lodge, a comfortable country inn, or Alaska’s best hotels, there are choices for every visitor. The vast majority of the accommodations are smaller inns and bed and breakfasts. Each has its own special charms, and are operated by the friendliest people on earth! There are several fantastic hotels across the Kenai, especially in Seward, Cooper Landing, Kenai/Soldotna and Homer.

Geography –

The Kenai Peninsula is bounded by Cook Inlet on the west, the Gulf of Alaska on the south, and Prince William Sound on the east. The eastern two-thirds of the peninsula is dominated by the Kenai Mountains, which have numerous glaciers and icefields. The western portion of the peninsula is a gently rolling plain with several large lakes – Kenai, Skilak and Tustumena. Much of the peninsula is without roads. However, the Seward and Sterling Highways connect the peninsula to Anchorage. In addition, the Alaska Marine Highway connects the Kenai by ferry to Kodiak and the Alaska Peninsula.

Climate –

Because of the proximity to water, the climate of the Kenai Peninsula is cooler and wetter in the summer than locations farther inland. Sunny summer days are typically in the 60’s and 70’s, with an occasional 80 degree day. Rainy days can be cooler, with temperatures in the upper 40’s to low 60’s. Winter weather on the Kenai is cold, and occasionally quite wet. Temperatures vary widely during the winter, ranging from as high as40 degrees during strong pacific storms, to as low as -25 during clear, cold periods. Snowfall ranges from 40 inches in some of the more protected spots to over 200 inches in the mountains.


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