Five Amazing Sight Seeing Stops on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula

1-2: Anchorage – Seward

From Anchorage drive South on a scenic drive on the ‘All American Road’- National Scenic Byway, the Seward Hwy. to the coastal community of Seward. On your drive visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. While driving around Turnagain arm look for a bore tide and beluga whales on your right and look up to the cliffs on your left for mountain goats and Dall sheep. Cruise Kenai Fjords National Park for amazing views of marine wildlife and calving glaciers. Visit Alaska’s Sea Life Center; mush with an Iditarod Champion mushing team or on top of a glacier. Walk to Exit Glacier and hike beyond to the Harding Ice Field, tour galleries, museum and memorials. On your drive out, stop by and visit quaint towns of Moose Pass and Hope where you can tour a fish hatchery, see Ed’s historic waterwheel or flight see; and conquer class IV and V whitewater rafting.

Day 3: Cooper Landing – Sterling

Deep within the Chugach National Forest surrounded by pristine mountains is Cooper Landing. Witness hundreds of airborne salmon leaping their way up the Russian River falls to their spawning grounds. Explore K’Beq Native Heritage Site; raft the canyons on the upper Kenai River. Try combat fishing at the Russian River. Enjoy horseback riding, kayaking, and mountain bike or hike their extensive trail system. Visit the historic roadhouse and museum. Moose are often spotted on the drive towards Sterling. Canoe fans worldwide travel to the Swanson River system to portage and paddle the 150 miles of canoe trails beginning in Sterling.

Day 4 – 5: Soldotna – Kenai

Soldotna borders the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge which offers an Interpretive Center. Charter a fishing trip, stroll the river walks or stay in one of the wonderful city parks with access to the famous Kenai River (home of the 97 lb world record King Salmon) and fish to your hearts content. Ride the original working Alaskan custom carved carousel, sing along with Alaska Officer State balladeer, Hobo Jim. Charter a scenic fly-out for bear viewing. The City of Kenai boasts of wonderful views of the mouth of the Kenai River, Cook Inlet, miles of sandy beaches and four active volcanoes. Here you can watch for beluga whales and seals. On the Kenai River flats observe the local caribou herd and a variety of birds. Take a self guided walking tour of the Russian Orthodox Church and Fort Kenai, located within Old Town. Enjoy the Art Exhibit at the Cultural Center. Continue north past Nikiski to Captain Cook State Park.

Day 6-7: Homer and Return to Anchorage

Driving south you will find the communities of Kasilof, Clam Gulch, Ninilchik and Anchor Point. They are famous for history, beachcombing, clamming, a historic Russian Orthodox Church, and the most western hwy. point in North America. All offer opportunities for camping, fishing and wildlife viewing. Homer offers panoramic views of Kachemak Bay State Park, the Kenai Mountains, glaciers and the famous Homer Spit, a long narrow finger of land jutting 4.5 miles into Kachemak Bay. Charter a flight-seeing trip to view the Katmai bears. Take a marine wildlife cruise to Gull Island and across the bay. Visit the Pratt Museum, Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and historic Salty Dog Saloon. Fish the Halibut capital of the world, horseback ride, mountain bike, take a historic harbor walking tour and shop the eclectic art galleries. You can return to Anchorage by plane, shuttle or car.

1-2 Day Add-Ons: Beyond the Road & Across the Bay

A haven for travelers to connect with nature. Accessible by water taxi, tour boats and air taxis. Remote and charming towns tucked in the Kachemak Bay State Park offer berry picking, hiking, fishing and mountain biking opportunities. Explore tide pools filled with sea life by kayak or foot. Visit the Village Tribe Visitor Center & Museum. Farm and dine on glacier fed oysters.

 

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