SDAN05 Explore Kenai Peninsula Road Trip

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Kenai  Peninsula  offers  Alaska  experience  including  breathtaking  scenery,  excellent  wildlife  viewing  and  some  of  the  best  fishing  opportunities.  Our  ‘SDAN05  –  Explore  Kenai  Peninsula  Road  Trip’  makes  you  experience  this  with  a  road  trip  in  8  days.  The  start  for  this  road  trip  is  Anchorage.  With  thousands  of  moose,  very  many  national  parks  nearby  and  60  glaciers  in  a  quick  drive  away,  it's  one  of  the  best  places  to  start  your  vacation.  The  next  stop  is  Cooper  Landing.  Drive  along  Turnagain  Arm  with  the  scenic  Kenai  Mountains  as  a  perfect  backdrop  for  the  drive.  You  do  not  need  to  be  a  seasoned  fisherman  to  enjoy  the  fun  of  salmon  fishing  for  King,  Sockeye  –and  Silver  Salmon  on  the  Kenai  River.  Outdoor  activities  (Sea-Kayaking,  Wildlife  Viewing)  are  plenty  in  Homer  and  the  scenic  Artist  Community  of  Halibut  Cove.  Sealife  Center  in  Seward  is  an  excellent  experience,  which  can  only  be  topped  by  an  actual  wildlife  and  glacier,  cruise  in  the  largest  cold-water  marine  search  institute  in  the  world  -  Kenai  Fjords  National.  With  the  final  stop  over  at  amazing  Alyeska  Resort,  you  head  back  to  Anchorage  Please  read  our  itinerary  to  have  more  detailed  day-to-day  experience.  On  request,  this  trip  can  be  customized  and  can  be  organized  in  a  different  order. 

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Itinerary

Anchorage ( Overnight: Anchorage )

Arrive in Anchorage during the day. Transfer to your hotel and pick up your rental car. Nestled along the Chugach Mountains, the coastal city of Anchorage is not the frozen tundra of Alaska you might imagine. You will find it’s brimming with activities for the outdoorsy and adventurous. Being the largest city in Alaska, it is rich in indigenous culture; spend your day enjoying the Alaska Native Heritage Center, visiting the Anchorage Museum, or browsing through the Saturday Market. Visit the Lake Hood Floatplane base, go for a walk along the Coastal Train and try out one of Anchorage popular seafood restaurant. With so much of variety of things, for a first time visitor to Alaska or a seasoned traveller, Anchorage has more to offer and is the perfect start point for your journey into Alaska

Anchorage - Kenai / Cooper Landing ( Driving Distance: 110 miles | Overnight: Cooper Landing )

The drive on the scenic Seward Highway offers incomparable vistas of fjords, glaciers and mountains as you follow the Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. Arrive in Cooper Landing, home to the Russian and Kenai Rivers, providing some of the best and most productive salmon fishing in Alaska. Four species of salmon find their way into the rivers and return to where their lives began. The largest King Salmon of all, weighing close to 100 pounds, were caught here. Join a scenic float trip along the Upper Kenai River. Watch out for moose, eagles, Dall sheep, salmon, waterfowl and bears as your guide navigates you through snow-capped mountain scenery. If you are more adventurous, join the thrilling Six-Mile Creek rafting tour instead. Included: Kenai River Float Trip

Cooper Landing - Homer ( Driving Distance: 120 miles | Overnight: Homer )

Continue your self drive journey and follow the Sterling Highway - a designated scenic highway covering miles of spectacular landscape with snowcapped mountains and it's many active volcanoes known as the "Ring of Fire" with Mt. Iliamna, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Augustine, deep ocean bluffs, excellent salmon fishing opportunities along the Kenai River and a magnificent coastline. Homer is blessed with a view to the south that is stunning in its beauty and grandeur. The rugged Kenai Mountains are spreading across the sparkling waters of Kachemak Bay. Homer is also known as a great fishing hole. King Salmon may be caught here from May to June, while Silver Salmon run during August. Halibut - large as a barn size door are available from May - Sept.

Homer ( Overnight: Homer )

Homer offers incredible panoramic views of mountain ranges, glaciers and famous Homer Spit - a long strip of land that stretches into pristine Kachemak Bay. Use the day to explore the area - kayak to a remote cove, go hiking or fishing. Homer is just a short flight away from Katmai National Park and Lake Clark, one of the most densely populated brown bear areas in the world. A picture-perfect flightseeing trip takes you over Cook Inlet to Katmai Coast. Watch bears digging for clams, wandering the sedge grass, or nursing their young. Another option is the day trip to iconic Brooks Falls in the middle of Katmai, famous for bears swatting at Salmon making their way upstream. In the evening join a cruise to Halibut Cove, have dinner at the "Saltry" and visit art galleries along the boardwalk.

Homer - Seward ( Driving Distance: 170 miles | Overnight: Seward )

Leave Homer for a scenic drive to Ninilchik - the oldest settlement on the Kenai Peninsula. The Russian-American Company established Ninilchik in the 1820s for its elderly and disabled employees, who could not endure the long journey back to Russia. Arrive in Seward, a small fishing community at the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Kenai Fjords is named for the numerous fjords carved by glaciers moving down the mountains from the ice field. The field is the source of at least 38 glaciers, the largest of which is Bear Glacier. This afternoon you have time to visit Exit Glacier. Short trails lead to the edge of the glacier where you can take a good photo in front of glacier ice. You may spend some time at the Alaska SeaLife Center – the world’s first cold water marine search institute.

Seward ( Overnight: Seward )

This morning board the stable catamaran for a spectacular cruise deep into Kenai Fjords National Park with actively "calving" glaciers and magnificent scenery. Covering 110-miles, the trip is narrated by a National Park Ranger, who is highly adept at spotting wildlife and pointing out the many sights. Kenai Fjords showcase the best of Alaska’s marine world in a compact package. Sea otters float belly-up eating mussels while Harbor seals haul out on icebergs off Aialik and Northwestern Glacier. Look out for Steller sea lions on Chiswell Island as well as Humpback and killer whales. After reaching the tidewater glacier, guests witness "glacier calving" a process by which glaciers shed giant slabs of ancient ice. Included: Kenai Fjords Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

Seward – Girdwood / Alyeska ( Driving Distance: 90 miles | Overnight: Girdwood )

You may spend some time at the Alaska SeaLife Center – the world’s first cold water marine search institute with wildlife rehabilitation and public education facilities, try your luck halibut or salmon fishing or attend a kayaking tour from Lowell Point - the choice is yours. On your drive back to Anchorage, stopover at Alaska's Wildlife Conservation Center, providing refuge for orphaned, injured, and ill animals-those that can't survive in the wild. Continue to Alyeska and take the Alyeska Tramway to get a bird's eye view of the surrounding glaciers and the Turnagain Arm.

Girdwood - Anchorage ( Driving Distance: 40 miles )

Spend the morning relaxing or doing your favorite outdoor activities. Hike the Winner Creek Trail or other trails around Alyeska Resot. Stopover at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a home for orphaned and injured animals. Return to Anchorage during the day and drop off your rental car.