Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula
Collected by Rainer Jenss, Family Travel Correspondent
For those in the contiguous 48, the notion of cruising Alaska’s open roads in an RV surrounded by exquisite scenery and abundant wildlife epitomized the ideal of the family road trip.
3978 Homer Spit Rd, Homer, AK 99603, USA
The “halibut fishing capital of the world” lived up to its billing. We booked a half-day excursion with Bob’s Trophy Charters and successfully hauled in the maximum of two keepers per person. To cap it off, we brought some of our freshly fileted...
Cooper Landing, AK 99572, USA
To break up the 170-mile drive from Seward to Homer, there are plenty of hiking trails to stretch your legs. Because we were anxious to spot a moose, we selected the Upper Kenai River Trail because it supposedly offered some prime viewing...
Exit Glacier, Alaska 99664, USA
Before leaving Seward, it’s worth the effort to visit the glacier and visitor center to help you understand how these massive ice caps have shaped the geography of the area. A hike to the ice flow itself is breathtaking and can easily be...
301 Railway Ave, Seward, AK 99664, USA
Perfect for kids, this state-of-the-art marine science aquarium was built with the reparation funds from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Make sure to take time for a behind-the-scenes tour, where you’ll learn more about their impressive wildlife...
Turnagain Arm, Alaska, USA
The first hour-plus drive down the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage is perhaps the most dramatic. Riding along the Cook Inlet, the mountain scenery is fantastic. In the late summer, there’s a chance of spotting some of the 350 or so beluga...
3875 Old International Airport Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502, USA
Whether it’s the idea of spending quality time together, saving money on flights, visiting somewhere special, or a combination of all three, there’s something curiously romantic about loading up the car and hitting the highway as a family. For...
Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK, USA
It was the experience I was most looking forward to when planning my trip and it did not disappoint! On a beautiful Alaskan summer day we took a 30 minute sea plane ride on the Kenai peninsula out to a little john boat where we took another 15...
You can't help but be awed by what a glacier and a few thousand years can do to a landscape. As we hiked closer to Exit Glacier I become aware of the enormity of this sheet of ice that has carved out the valley and the river behind us. Signposts...
Harding Icefield, Alaska 99664, USA
While in Seward, Alaska one must take the hike along the Exit Glacier up to the Harding Icefield. It is a bit difficult at times, especially if there is snow, which there will be, and there are monster mosquitoes. However, it is amazing; the...
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