Destination guide

Kenai Peninsula: Alaska's most accessible wilderness

The Kenai Peninsula serves as one of the most easily reached wildernesses in the state. It's popular enough to have a long list of adventures available, like kayaking through magnificent fjords or hiking up through the snow-capped mountain trails, while still having the feeling of remoteness. In the peninsula's towns there are some extraordinarily good historical attractions and if wildlife spotting is important, you've come to the right place. When you stay at a Kenai Peninsula Borough vacation rental, you'll easily be able to reach the Katmai National Park, for up-close encounters with grizzly bears.

Things to do

Go panning for gold in Kenai Peninsula

If you can tear yourself away from the activities, try to make some time for Kenai's historical attractions. The Copper Landing Historical Society and Museum features old log cabins from the early 20th century, while the award-winning Pratt Museum has an emphasis on the region's culture and art, as well as a gorgeous 10-acre botanical garden. You don't need to expend any energy to immerse yourself in Alaska's wilderness, if you hop aboard the Alaska Railroad for a short journey through the mountains and snowy forests. Alternatively, step back into the gold rush days at Prospector John's Gold Prospecting in Cooper Landing.


Take off in seaplanes to see Kenai Peninsula from above

You couldn't find a better outdoor playground than the Kenai Peninsula, which offers all-guns-blazing activities like white water rafting and dogsledding, or gentler outdoor adventures like walking or cycling along the 400 miles of trails. If you visit one of the local stables, you could go horseback riding through the wilderness. Alternatively, find a sunny spot on the banks of the river to go fly fishing or board one of the cruises that bring you up close to the wildlife and glaciers of the peninsula. If money is no object, take off from the lake in a private seaplane to see it all from above.


All 4 seasons in 1 day in Kenai Peninsula

You can't go wrong if you book up a Kenai Peninsula Borough vacation rental between May and September, when the days are long and the skies are bright. It's by far the most popular time, with families jetting in to Kenai to explore the great outdoors. Outside these months, the weather in Alaska can be highly changeable. It's not uncommon to experience all 4 seasons in the same day. If you visit during the low season, the trick is to pack for all eventualities. The upside is far fewer travelers on the trails and a seriously drop in rental prices.

Natural features

Watch magnificent bears fish in Kenai Peninsula

The creeks, marshes and alpine mountains provide a habitat for an astonishing number of birds. Of the over 450 species of avifauna in Alaska, the large majority are found near your Kenai Peninsula Borough vacation rental. That said, the highlight for most is catching a glimpse of one of the grizzly bears. The Kenai Peninsula serves as the gateway from Katmai National Park where you can get safely up close to these huge beasts, while they catch fish or splash around in the water. It's a humbling, once-in-a-lifetime experience that shouldn't be skipped.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Kenai Peninsula

The nearest airport is in Kenai, AK (ENA-Kenai Municipal), located 49.6 mi (79.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Homer, AK (HOM), which is 55.9 mi (89.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Kenai Peninsula Borough?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,022 vacation rentals near Kenai Peninsula Borough. From 385 Houses to 262 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kenai Peninsula Borough are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Kenai Peninsula Borough?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kenai Peninsula Borough. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Seward: 143 vacation rentals
  • Homer: 241 vacation rentals
  • Soldotna: 307 vacation rentals
  • Kenai: 298 vacation rentals
  • Cooper Landing: 104 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Kenai Peninsula Borough! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Kenai Peninsula Borough?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kenai Peninsula Borough:

  • Seward: 143 rentals
  • Homer: 241 rentals
  • Soldotna: 307 rentals
  • Kenai: 298 rentals
  • Cooper Landing: 104 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Kenai Peninsula Borough?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Kenai Peninsula Borough are:

  • Seldovia, AK (SOV): 176 vacation rentals
  • Seward Airport (SWD): 128 vacation rentals
  • Soldotna Airport (SXQ): 313 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Kenai Peninsula Borough?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Kenai Peninsula Borough. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Homer Spit: 245 rentals
  • Homer Harbor: 235 rentals
  • Jumping Junction: 317 rentals
  • Soldotna Creek Park: 319 rentals
  • Alaska SeaLife Center: 127 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kenai Peninsula Borough listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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