Kenai Travel Guide

  • Old Town of Kenai, Alaska
    Old Town of Kenai, Alaska
    by jumpingnorman
  • Old Town of Kenai, Alaska
    Old Town of Kenai, Alaska
    by jumpingnorman
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    with sister at Old Town of Kenai, Alaska
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  • Pro
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     Big Fish 

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     none 

  • In a nutshell
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     Worth the scenery just to get down there to fish! 

Kenai Things to Do

  • Other Old Town Kenai Cabins

    Also near the old Fort Kenay location are four other cabins. The picture from 4 Aug 2007 shows three of them. From left to right are the Three Scandinavian's Cabin, Cabin #3 and Miller Cabin. The first two were built between 1898 and 1925 and subsequently moved to Old Town. Little is known about their origin or history. Miller Cabin was built in...

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  • Homer

    At the end of the Sterling Highway is the town of Homer. Many people know this place because it seems whenever bald eagles are featured in documentaries or reports, they go to Homer. The number of bald eagles in the winter on the spit is astounding--taking all the eagles I've seen in my life (including in southeast Alaska where they are numerous)...

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  • Fishing the Kenai River

    The Kenai River is a very famous fishing river that has its headwaters in the upper Kenai Mountains and flows into the This famous fishing river originates in the Kenai Mtns creeks and streams that flow into the Cook Inlet. It is one of the best-known fishing areas in the state, famous for its salmon and trout. There are some serious fishing...

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  • Guided Fishing with Fishology Alaska

    If you're visiting the Kenai area then it's a must that you do some fishing, after all, this is probably the most famous salmon and trout river in the world! Fishology Alaska is a locally owned guide service, very friendly & helpful, and can get you on the fish. Don't leave the Kenai without booking a fishing trip (May-November).

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  • Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church

    My sister had a guidebook with her when we were at the Old Town of Kenai, and she read about the distinct architecture of the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church. It was however already 8 PM and for sure the church would be closed, but my sister still dialed their number! LOL - surprisingly someone answered and curious why...

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  • Kenai Visitors Center - Information &...

    As you walk into the Visitors Center there is a white board with the day's activities and an information desk with people to assist you. The front lobby area also includes things for sale if you want to shop a little. In the afternoon a local author, Chris Jenness, was doing a book signing for his children's book, "Sammy Goes Home." It's about a...

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Kenai Restaurants

  • Wild Salmon Bake

    What a great idea! The Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Tyotkas Elder Center has an all-you-can-eat Wild Salmon Bake for $14.99 on certain days during 15 June to 15 August. The times are 6 PM on Thursday-Friday-Saturday and 1 PM on Sunday. Not only do these dinners raise money for the elder center, but I am sure the residents benefit from seeing the...

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  • Don't Bump Your Head on the Moose Nose

    Louie's Steak and Seafood Restaurant in the Uptown Motel was highly recommended. It is on the Kenai Spur Highway near the intersection where the Bridge Access Road goes south. I did not get a chance to eat there but I did stop to take a couple of pictures as I left town. Not only is the food supposed to be good, Louie's is also known for its decor...

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  • Good Burgers and Good Value

    The burgers at the Burger Bus came highly recommended by the Visitors Center staff. It is just around the corner and across the street. I had seen it when I was doing the walking tour. It turned out they were right. Not only were they good, but they were cheap ($5.95 for a regular burger and fries). I had bought some homemade crackerjacks at the...

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  • Nightlife

    The Mainstreet Tap and Grill is one of the newest, reopened up and coming hot spots. The Service was the best I have received at any of the bars in Soldotna / Kenai. The food was amazing. I have to say the burgers are the best in the Peninsula and the french dip was amazing as well. I highly recommend the Wednesday karaoke night and every night...

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  • Go moose spotting!

    This picture isn't taken at night time but along the Kenai Spur Highway you can see Moose but you have to watching for them as they are quite often in the ditch along side the road! It is also a dangerous time for driving as the moose don't watch for the cars and quite often get killed by cars and trucks. Also people get killed in these accidents...

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Kenai Transportation

  • Sterling Highway Cut-Off

    Stopping at Tern Lake at the junction of the Sterling Highway and Seward Highway is a must. It is a popular picture taking spot because it is very accessible, and the lake is in a nice valley with mountains all around. The mountains in this picture are looking toward Seward. Map Reading: You will probably notice that the highways in Alaska are...

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  • MUST have your own vehicle....

    It's spread out, and the area comprises two towns close together--Soldotna and Kenai, with smaller ones nearby. Driving is an absolute must, unless you're truly hardcore and can bike over a 100 miles a day. There is no local bus service that I've ever seen.

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  • You can take a boat to explore the...

    You can take a boat to explore the beautiful coastal areas and fjords of Kenai Peninsula. They are available at the seaside towns e.g. Seward, Homer, Whittler.

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Kenai Shopping

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    Kenai Saturday Market 4 more images

    by AlbuqRay Updated Sep 23, 2007

    It was rainy the Saturday I was in Kenai, so maybe the market was smaller than usual. As one would expect, it was mostly local art, crafts, food and clothing. The better buys I saw happened to be food. I got some delicious homemade crackerjacks and an oatmeal cookie. There were unique things like the furs at the Howling Wolf tent and another guy with interesting wood carvings.

    Contact: Harold Piland
    Phone: 283-1991
    E-mail: harold@visitkenai.com
    May - September
    Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm

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Kenai Local Customs

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    by goingsolo Written Oct 25, 2002

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    The highly shamed Fox show "Bachelorettes in Alaska" was actually filmed at the Kenai Princess Lodge. This is a photo of the main "stage" area for the filming of each episode. The staff members at the lodge who were present for the filming had little to say about the show, but the locals were unimpressed, even embarassed, that such a show had been filmed in Alaska

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Kenai Warnings and Dangers

  • high moose crossing

    Because the Sterling Highway does go through Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, previously known as the Kenai National Moose Range, there is a large number of these animals near or crossing the road.While you may see moose anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula, the "Moose Danger zone" sign is located at around milemarker 58 heading westbound to milemarker...

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  • Watch out for the moose! They...

    Watch out for the moose! They wander into the street anytime they want to. We nearly got trampled by a mother and baby in the russian river area, a dog scared them and they charged.

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  • Watch out for bears

    If you encoutner a bear, my advice is to run. If nothing else, it will give you something to do with the last seven seconds of your life.Bill Bryson, A Walk in the WoodsThe sign unfortunately didn't come out as well as I'd hoped, but it described several situations where one might find a bear and what to do if it happens. The most important thing...

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    Dipnetting for Red Salmon

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 20, 2004

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you don't bring a net, you have to stand on the muddy beach and watch other people dip net for red salmon. The picture that I have included is a friend of mine fishing in the Kenai River.

    Miscellaneous: You can see commercial fishing boats anchored in the river. This most often means they are waiting in the more sheltered area for the next "opening" begins.

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Kenai Off The Beaten Path

  • Beach Access for Dip Netting

    The turn for the Kenai River South Shore Beach Access is a little further west than the Log Cabin Inn. Turn north onto Cannery Road from Kalifornsky Beach Road and follow the Beach Access signs to Dunes Road. Probably a week or two earlier the South Shore was crowded with dip netters trying to catch salmon; however, the beach was almost deserted...

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  • Marathon Road

    Marathon Road isn't really mentioned in a lot of guides for this area but it's worth a drive. We came across it when we were looking for information on spotting caribou in this region. There is a herd here...of course, we didn't see then in the spring but we were early. We'll head back this summer when they're easier to spot as they bring their...

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  • Kenai Fjords National Park

    You will find this place very beautiful because of the wonderful fjord scenery, tidewater glaciers, birds, marine wildlife etc. The best way to experience this place is to take a boat ride from the town of Seward. More photos and information are at my VT Kenai Fjords NationaL Park page.

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Kenai Sports & Outdoors

  • A Fishing Paradise

    One of the main attractions of the Kenai Peninsula is the fishing. Lots and lots of fishing. From multi day package trips to solo outings, in the winter or the summer, salt water or fresh water, there is lots of fishing to be done here. Most, if not all, of the towns on the Peninsula have a fishing derby one weekend or multiple times throughout the...

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  • Stock Car Racing

    There is a local track for stock car racing. We saw this car outside the local NAPA Autoparts store and they were giving away free hotdogs so we stopped to load the kids up on Hotdogs and potato chips! We had a tight budget!

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  • Turnagain Pass

    Driving from Anchorage down to the Kenai Peninsula you have to go over Turnagain Pass. It's not that tricky of a drive but it doesn't take much of an elevation gain to get to very cold and very snowy conditions in Alaska. We may have very little snow on the ground here but the Pass will still have 90 inches or more. This is a very popular area for...

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  • Nikiski

    Nikiski is the only town I'm covering that belongs in a general tip rather than in the must visit category. This whole "general tips" being my favorite memory bothers me. It's just a a general tip: not a particular danger and not anything exciting. Oh well...moving on...So you've just seen cute Old Town Kenai and the wonderful overlooks or the area...

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  • Mount Alyeska

    The fondest memory is with a group of friends on top of Mount Alyeska at the Kenai Peninsula. This place is one of the most famous skiing place in Alaska during the winter, and it has a good location being near to Anchorage.

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