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The Kenai Peninsula is Alaska at its most rugged and spectacular. This breathtakingly unspoiled region, roughly the size of Belgium, is sheer heaven for lovers of the great outdoors. Here you'll find majestic ice-capped mountains, world class fishing and hiking trails, and beautiful endangered animals thriving in their natural habitat. Come in summer and enjoy leisurely strolls on pristine sandy beaches, or brave the cold of winter and join the locals for some exhilarating cross-country skiing.

Things to see

If you've come to Alaska in search of glistening glaciers and magnificent orca whales, head straight for Kenai Fjords National Park. This vast expanse of protected wilderness is also home to puffins, bald eagles, and bears, while its icy waters contain seals, sea lions, and sea otters. Homer Spit bears the distinction of featuring the world's longest road into the ocean. You'll also find a very popular fishing lagoon, miles of sandy beach, galleries, quaint shops, and seafood shacks serving rich clam chowder and delectable fresh king crab. Over the small coastal town of Seward soars the stunning Mount Marathon, so named because it plays host each 4th of July to one of America's oldest organized foot races. The race trail makes for a wonderful day hike, with spectacular views of town from the summit. For an up-close view of the region's amazing sea creatures, head to Alaska SeaLife Center. This fantastic public aquarium also provides rehabilitation for sick and injured marine animals.

Hotels in Kenai Peninsula

Visitors flock to Kenai to marvel at its rugged natural splendor rather than pamper themselves indoors. As such, Kenai Peninsula hotels tend to be cozy, rustic affairs, ideal for recharging your batteries after a day spent exploring your jaw-dropping surroundings. Take your pick from quaint B&Bs which ooze old-world charm, or smart mid-range hotels with modern decor and spacious bedrooms. Wherever you choose, you can expect amenities such as complimentary WiFi and toiletries, tea and coffee makers, satellite television, and laundry services. Some of the larger hotels also have facilities like indoor heated pools, spa tubs, and business centers.

Where to stay

Many visitors choose to base themselves in Seward. This picturesque town is perfectly located for Kenai Fjord National Park and some of the region's other premier attractions. It's also an alluring destination in itself, with a bustling historic downtown district packed with independent shops, quirky museums, and superb seafood restaurants. Keen fishers might prefer to stay in Kenai City, where you'll find crystal-clear waters abundant with salmon, rainbow trout, and halibut. The town also boasts a beautiful, expansive beach, and a thriving arts scene. The idyllic seaside community of Homer is another fantastic option, particularly if you're interested in kayaking or bear watching. You'll also have the many attractions of Homer Spit on your doorstep.

How to get to Kenai Peninsula

Homer and Kenai Airports receive regular direct flights from Anchorage, and both airports offer car hire. From Anchorage there are also buses to Homer and trains to Seward, but these services only operate during the summer months. If you're driving, bear in mind that roads can get very busy in high season. A lovely alternative is to explore Kenai by boat – the Alaska Marine Highway System connects Homer and Seldovia with other destinations across the state.

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