Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is renowned for its fishing, boating, hiking and camping. The town of Kenai sits right where the Kenai River meets Cook Inlet, providing an abundance of these activities within close proximity of each other.
Like many places around Alaska, the history of Kenai begins with the Dena'ina Athabascan Indian tribe, who are thought to have inhabited the area as early as 8,000 B.C. Russian fur traders established themselves there in the late 1700's, and by the early 1900's it had become a popular trading post. Much of the Russian influence remains and is showcased in the town's architecture and history.
Kenai today is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Considered a world-class sportfishing location, there is a wide variety of fishing adventures for all anglers. Visitors can camp, set up their RV, stay in one of the many hotels or bed and breakfasts, or take a fly-in fishing trip to one of the nearby lodges. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offers two million acres of camping, hiking and wildlife viewing, as well as an extensive canoeing trail. Other water activities include kayaking and water rafting. Those desiring a more urban adventure can partake in a round of golf at the local golf course, as well as museums, art galleries, cultural events and dining out. There are often ongoing local activities that visitors can enjoy, such as the Kenai Saturday market and shows at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural center.
For more information on visiting Kenai check out the Kenai Alaska section of our Alaska Travel Guide including Kenai Activities & Trips , Kenai Lodging, Kenai Tourism Agencies and Kenai Transportation.
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