The Kenai Peninsula community of Hope was originally a Gold Rush town, with much of its history preserved today. Located just off the Seward Highway, 88 miles outside of Anchorage and along one of the most picturesque drives in the Southcentral area, Hope is a great stopover for visitors driving south from Anchorage.
Hope started as a mining camp for Resurrection Creek in the late 1800's.By 1899 most of those miners had moved on to the Klondike, but recreational gold prospecting has remained very popular, with visitors today trying their hand at gold panning on the creek. Other activities in Hope include exploring the historic buildings in the area, fishing for pink salmon at the yearly Pink Salmon Fishing Derby, checking out the Hope Museum and learning more about the Gold Rush, or just enjoying lunch at one of the local cafes. For those wishing to explore the real Alaskan outdoors, Resurrection Trail runs 38.6 miles from Hope to Cooper Landing. There is camping available along the trail, as well as Forest Service cabins for rent. Other outdoor activities include fishing, hiking and white water rafting.
Those wishing to spend some time in the town of Hope will find lodging readily available, with both bed and breakfasts and inns located in and around the area.
For more information on visiting Hope check out the Hope Alaska section of our Alaska Travel Guide including Hope Activities & Trips.
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