The Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage, is a popular excursion and holiday destination. The larger settlements on the peninsula - Homer, Seward and Kenai, the chief town, are easily accessible on Highway 1 or 9; and Seward, a fishing port, is also the terminus of the Alaska Railroad. Seward is an excellent base for excursions into Kenai Fjords National Park. With its glaciers and fjords, the scenery of this National Park, centred on the Harding Icefield, is reminiscent of the west coast of Norway; there is a car accessible road to the Exit Glacier. Here birdwatchers will be able to observe many species of birds. Highway 1 ends in the fishing village of Homer, a popular resort for visitors with its comparatively mild climate and beautiful situation on Kachemak Bay (Pratt Museum, with exhibits illustrating the culture of the Eskimos, Aleuts and early Russian settlers; camping, fishing, boat trips).
Kenai Fjords National Park
Official site: www.nps.gov/kefj/
Address: Box 1727, Seward, AK 99664, United States
Kenai (pop. 7,464) is one of the oldest permanent settlements in the state. It was established in 1791 by Russian fur traders under the name Fort St. Nicholas.The Russian Orthodox Church was established in 1894. Displays include religious and art artifacts brought from Russia in the early 1800s.Kenai is a popular destination for berry picking during the summer months. Alaskan blueberries, nagoonberries, salmonberries, crowberries, wild raspberries and cranberries all grow on the peninsula.
Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center was built in 1991 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the town. It is a 9,500 square foot multi-purpose facility, housing conference rooms and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Exhibits include Athabascan and Aleut native artifacts, displays depicting the period of Russian occupancy as well as why Kenai is considered the "Oil Capitol of Alaska" .
Alaska SeaLife Center
Official site: www.alaskasealife.org
Address: Box 1329, Seward, AK 99664, United States
Iditarod National Historic Trail
Iditarod National Historic Trail consists of a network of trails totally more than 2,300 miles. Originally used by ancient hunters and later by gold prospectors, the trail is now used, and best known, for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Although it is primarily a winter trail hikers do use sections of the trail during the summer months.
Official site: www.iditarodnationalhistorictrail.org
Address: Box 2323, Seward, AK 99664, United States
Resurrection Bay Historical Society Museum
The Resurrection Bay Historical Society Museum offers displays on the history of the town and area, as well as collections of native craft work and carvings.
Address: Box 55, Seward, AK 99664-0055, United States
Pratt Museum offers a range of interactive exhibits including a marine gallery, wildlife, Russian, Eskimo, and American Indian cultural displays, Alaskan art, and an exhibit on the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Official site: www.prattmuseum.org
Address: 3779 Bartlett Street, Homer, AK 99603, United States
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