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The Kenai Peninsula

The last American frontier.  Nearly everything about this 49th state is big.  It's Mount McKinley is higher than any other peak in North America.  It's Yukon River is one of the longest navigable waterways in the world.  Huge animals still thrive in its open spaces — Kodiak, grizzly, black and polar bears; moose, caribou, musk-oxen, wolves; otter, walrus, seals,  humpbacks and killer whales.

Alaska is a land of spectacular contrasts — smoking volcanoes and frozen tundra, hot springs and ice floes, creeping glaciers and virgin forests.  There is perhaps no natural wonder that can rival the stunning composition of wildlife.  An estimated 8,000 moose roam the peninsula, grazing on willow and tender meadow shoots.  Nimble Dall sheep and mountain goats tread across the steep slopes.  Secluded edges of marshy lakes come alive with the honking of trumpeter swans and Canadian geese.  The magnificent caribou and salmon-hungry brown bear are found here.  Chubby-bodied puffins skim across ocean water.  Shoreline rocks and close-by islands are overwhelmed with thousands of sea birds and pods of enormous whales surface offshore.  Bald eagles scan lush boreal forests for small prey such as the hoary marmot, marten, weasel and snowshoe hares.

This vast, raw, and rugged land thrusts a chain of volcanic islands more than a thousand miles southwest into the Bering Sea.  Reaching beyond the international date line, the land area originally spanned four time zones.  It juts northward far into the Artic Circle, and to the south its panhandle extends for miles between the Pacific Ocean and the Canadian Rockies.  The Stars and Stripes have flown over Alaska since March 30, 1867, when the vast land was purchased from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.  The name Alaska comes from the Aleut word alaxsxaq, meaning "object toward which the action of the sea is directed" — that is, the mainland.  Its nicknames are Land of the Midnight Sun, and America's Last Frontier.  It was once labeled "Seward's folly" and "Seward's icebox" in ridicule of the secretary of state who negotiated the purchase of what was considered a liability.

Anchorage

The capital of our 49th state makes a perfect jumping-off point  to explore the Kenai Peninsula

Turnagain Arm

Once thought to be a river, this arm of Cook's Inlet is home to whales, mountain goat and Dall sheep, and Crow Creek Mine.

Hope Cooper Landing Moose Pass

The interior of the majestic Kenai Peninsula

Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park

Gateway to the Harding Ice Field and Resurrection Bay

Ninilchik

A small fishing town with historic Russian influence

Homer

The end of the road for the Kenai Peninsula is a quaint town and a 5 mile Spit

Map of Kenai Peninsula
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