Close to Anchorage and endowed with abundant recreational opportunities, central Kenai is Alaska's Playground. Two highways, numerous trails, and several major rivers slice through the spine of the Kenai Mountains. People come here for:
Hiking. This is a hiker's paradise—Alaska's most developed trails to gem-colored mountain lakes, salmon-filled rivers and wildflower meadows.
Salmon and Halibut Fishing. The Kenai and Russian Rivers are famous for record-setting salmon; you can go with professional guides or on your own. And, the waters of the Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay are the best spots to reel in halibut. Staying a few days? Book into a Fishing Lodge.
Rafting. The Kenai River and Sixmile River are both big spots for either scenic floats or hold-on-tight rides through the rapids.
Canoeing. Inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, you'll find a canoe-trail system with routes of varying challenge levels—most pretty easy for anyone with basic canoeing skills.
Bear viewing. The Kenai Peninsula serves as the perfect jumping off point for bear viewing activities in Katmai National Park and beyond.
Drive. The towns of the Kenai are a straight shot from Anchorage; both Seward and Cooper Landing, two major towns, are just 2.5 hours south. Our Seward Highway and Sterling Highway road guides show you the highlights of the drive.