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Kenai Peninsula Explorations

There are dozens of ways to explore the Kenai Peninsula. Sitting just south of Anchorage, this is potentially the most accessible, yet still wild, part of Alaska. It is a playground for both Alaskans and visitors alike. With one main road leading all the way down to the Homer Spit and a main leg of the Alaska Railroad leading to Seward, a traveler has choices in how to access this playground. 

For the independent-minded, renting a car and exploring at one’s own pace can be rewarding. Accommodations should be arranged in advance, and certainly the best fishing, rafting, cruising and hiking excursions will require prior planning – and potentially prior reservations. But, building in time to just explore and “wing it” will be beneficial as well. Take that turn to visit the incredibly-odd town of Whittier; enjoy a sunset stroll on the Homer Spit; stop in to that less-than-inspiring-from-the-outside roadhouse outside of Cooper Landing; or turn down that gravel road to Skilak Lake. 
Skilak Lake
Skilak Lake (Kevin Moore)

For those who want things a bit more planned out, visit one of several wilderness lodges dotting the peninsula. Take the train to Seward - from which you can access the remote, boat-accessed Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge or the Kenai Wilderness Lodge. Or enjoy a guided transfer all the way to Homer - from which you can access Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge, across the Kachemak Bay from even the slightest hint of civilization. These sort of all-inclusive adventures allow for a more intensive Alaskan experience, in a shorter amount of time, because all the logistics are already taken care of. 
Birds on Kachemak Bay
Birds on Kachemak Bay (Kevin Moore)

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