Kenai, the Alaskan City With the Russian Past

The Kenai Peninsula Borough lies south of Anchorage and is bordered by the waters of the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound. The city of Kenai is located to the west of the Kenai Peninsula, very near to the Kenai River outlet. The region offers more than 15,000 square miles of incredibly beautiful scenic area, exciting adventure and exploring to enjoy.

The Peninsula has long been renowned for its amazing fishing opportunities and the opportunity for visitors to focus on enjoying the “real” Alaskan experience.

When you first arrive in Kenai via the Municipal Airport it soon becomes apparent that the city has strong Russian “bones.” The signs are everywhere, despite the fact that the Russians sold Alaska to America back in 1869.

Today Kenai is a popular port city.

Plenty for Everyone to Enjoy

Kenai offers anglers and sport fishing enthusiasts plenty of unsurpassed sport fishing opportunities. The natural wilderness surrounding the region is also extremely popular with hiking enthusiasts and campers, who frequently visit and spend time exploring more than 2 million acres of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This makes the region a must for avid wildlife lovers.

Water Sports

Kenai is ideal for anyone who loves to really get out and enjoy the water, whether kayaking, rafting or canoeing. The surrounding rivers and inlets offer awesome views and great water experiences. Permits are available for those wishing to head out on some of the wilderness rivers.

The Home of the King Salmon

Kenai is home to the world record King Salmon, which was 97.4 lbs. and caught by Les Anderson in May, 1985. Visitors are able to view evidence of Les’s world record King Salmon catch in person when you get to Alaska, as the fish mount is on display at the Soldotna Visitor center next to the Soldotna Bridge.

Views to Feast Your Eyes

Along with great fishing, the city of Kenai boasts magnificent views of Cook Inlet and Mt. Redoubt. If you drive north 25 miles on North Kenai Road you will find the Captain Cook Recreation Area. Here you can indulge in a range of leisure activities, including; berry picking, bird watching, canoeing, fishing, boating, beach combing or observing the vastly diverse local wildlife.

Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park

Kachemak Bay State Park is the first state park in Alaska. It covers some 400,000 acres, and contains lush forests, ocean, glaciers and mountains. It is a nature paradise of epic proportions and ideally suited to the rugged outdoor type. There are plenty of recreational opportunities to be found in the park.

Drive to Kenai Fjords

Reaching Kenai Fjords from Anchorage via 126 eye-feasting miles will take you along Turnagain Arm and the scenic Seward Highway. You will be able to see icy-blue glacier lakes, mountain passes and if you're lucky some local wildlife. There are available parking facilities at the Kenai Fjords parking lot.
With many Alaskan attractions close-by, an Avis rental car will allow you to sample some of the most magnificent scenery the state (and the country) has to offer. Be prepared for some amazing photo opportunities and don't forget to pack warm clothes.

Getting Around Kenai

Our Kenai Avis rental car sales office caters to the needs of tourists and locals looking to escape the city for a weekend drive. Regardless what size car you need, we have got you covered. If you visit Kenai by plane you can pick up a rental car at the airport before heading into town.