The Kenai Peninsula is a sizable peninsula which sticks out from the Southern coast of Alaska, about 160 miles south of Anchorage.
The Cook Inlet to the west and the Prince William Sound to the east separate it from the rest of Alaska. About 48,000 people call the peninsula home, and they live in and around the major cities which include Kenai, Homer and Seward.
The Kenai Peninsula is world-renowned for it astounding natural beauty. Its mountains are covered with much-photographed glaciers, and millions of tourists every year visit the Kenai Fjords National Park. Two major icefields can be found here as well – Sargent Icefield and Harding Icefields. Numerous lakes and rivers dots the landscape including Skilak Lake, Tustumena Lake, Kenai River (overflowing with salmon) and Anchor River.
Many visitors choose to make Kenai their home base for exploring the rest of the Peninsula. From Kenai, all of the other Peninsula locations and attractions can be easily reached within a day. There are a large number of things to see and do on the Peninsula, especially for outdoors and wildlife fans.
A number of glacier cruises allow visitors to get intimately familiar with the beautiful blue and white glaciers as well as the beautiful wildlife like otters, whales, sea lions and puffins. There’s also kayaking, river rafting, and various museums and cultural sights to explore and enjoy.
Insiders suggest renting a car from Anchorage and then touring the Peninsula over a few days. Doing so will afford the greatest amount of flexibility to investigate the parts of the Peninsula which interest you most.
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