The city of Soldotna sits right in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula with the Kenai River running right through the center of town. This makes Soldotna a top destination for those hoping to catch that trophy fish. Located approximately 150 miles south of Anchorage, it is an easy drive with opportunities for wildlife viewing and some of the most panoramic scenery one can find in Alaska. Soldotna has an excellent variety of activities, accommodations, shopping and restaurants.
Soldotna's history begins with the Dena'ina Indians, who made their way into the region and settled here. Russian fur traders arrived in the 1700's, and after World War II, the area was opened for homestead filing, bringing more people into the area. The name "Soldotna" was taken from Soldotna Creek, and is thought to either come from the Russian word for "soldier" or taken from the Athabascan word meaning "stream fork". Today there are roughly 3,700 full time residents and a huge influx of tourists and local adventurers every summer.
In addition to fishing, visitors to Soldotna can enjoy other outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, rafting, flightseeing, skiing and snowmachining. For those wanting a more urban experience, there is a golf course, movie theater, swimming, bowling, and children's parks. Accommodations are readily available in the form of hotels such as the Soldotna Aspen Hotel, as well as lodges and bed and breakfasts, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, as well as shopping and local cultural events. Check out the Soldotna Visitors Center, located right on the banks of the Kenai River, for information on local events and things to do around the Soldotna area.
Those wishing to explore further can also venture off to the nearby towns of Kenai or Seward, as both are fairly close, or drive on down to Homer, Alaska's very own beach town.
For more information on visiting Soldotna check out the Soldotna Alaska section of our Alaska Travel Guide including Soldotna Lodging, Soldotna Activities & Trips, Soldotna Shopping, Soldotna Transportation and Soldotna Tourism Agencies.
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