South of Anchorage, the Seward Highway hugs the shore of Turnagain Arm past Girdwood and the Alyeska ski resort. Just beyond, a side road heads past the ever-popular Portage Glacier and through a tunnel to Whittier, little more than a ferry dock giving access to Prince William Sound. Beyond Portage, the Seward Highway enters the Kenai Peninsula, “Anchorage’s playground”, which at more than nine thousand square miles is larger than some states. It offers an endless diversity of activities and scenery, based around communities such as Seward, the base for cruises into the inspirational Kenai Fjords National Park and artsy Homer, where the waters and shorelines of the glorious Kachemak Bay State Park are the main destination. Most Alaskans come to the peninsula to fish: the Kenai, Russian and Kasilof rivers host “combat fishing”, thousands of anglers standing elbow to elbow using strength and know-how to pull in thirty-pound-plus king salmon. Campgrounds along the rivers fill up fast, especially in July and August.
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