Alaska Attractions

Alaska is the biggest state of the United States, and there are many options for vacationers. It may seem overwhelming when planning your time in Alaska. The good news is, there are many excellent attractions to choose from for your dream Alaskan vacation.

Among the best that Alaska has to offer are Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula. 

Established in 1917, Denali National Park is the home of Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in the North American Continent at 20,320 feet.  It is also huge at 4,690,680 acres. 17% of park land area is covered with glaciers.


One excellent way to arrive at the Park is to take the Alaskan Railroad from Anchorage to Denali in a clear dome rail car to take  in all the scenery unfolding before you. Private car traffic into the Park is limited, so the best way to see the park is to ride one of the shuttles or buses that offer a variety of options in terms of the routes taken and travel time. 

Another excellent Aslaska destination is the Kenai Peninsula, known as "Alaska's Playground" because even Alaskans will travel to the Kenai Peninsula for recreation fun. The Kenai Peninsula features plenty of outdoor fun with Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge occupying much of the land. The terrain of the Kenai Peninsula features mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, beaches, forests,and flat land. These parks and terrains provide an endless variety of outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, drift rafting, whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing, panning for gold, clamming, saltwater fishing, etc.

Of course,the Kenai Peninsula is best-known for its world class salmon fisheries, the Kenai and the Russian Rivers. These two rivers meet in the town of Cooper Landing, the home of Gwin's Lodge.  Every year, hundreds of thousands of various types of salmon come up the Kenai and Russian Rivers to spawn. And fishers and bears eagerly await their arrival.

Give us a call (907.595.1266) or send us an email (, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you plan your dream Alaska vacation for no additional cost.

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ALASKA  99572-0769


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About Gwin's Lodge

Established by pioneers Pat and Helen Gwin, Gwin's Lodge first opened in January 1952, before Alaska was even a state.


They began harvesting logs from the surrounding Chugach National Forest in 1946. Gwin's Lodge is the oldest surviving roadside lodge on the Kenai Peninsula. 


Gwin's Lodge has been an iconic and historic landmark, well-known for delicious home cooking and comfortable lodging. 


Gwin's Lodge is under new ownership and management. The entire property has been renovated and remodeled.


Whether it's fishing, wildlife viewing, sightseeing, scenic or whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, or hiking...  make Gwin's Lodge your Kenai Peninsula recreation headquarters! 


The amazing turquoise blue waters of the Kenai River and the crystal clear waters of the Russian River are home to Sockeye Salmon, Silver Salmon, King Salmon, Dolly Varden, and Rainbow Trout.


This combined with the breathtaking forest, rivers, lakes, mountains, beaches, and abundant wildlife make the Kenai Peninsula a sportsman's paradise and perfect vacation getaway.