Best Alaska Vacation Destinations

Fodor's Travel:
"Gwin's roadside establishment is the epicenter of much of the activity on the peninsula and a one-stop shop for visitors and locals alike, providing food, lodging, and fishing tackle ... The travel agency can book fishing, hiking, rafting, and other adventure travel anywhere on the peninsula. The lodge is the fishing headquarters of prospective anglers during the annual salmon runs on the nearby Russian and Kenai rivers."
"Gwin's Lodge - Historic landmark, traditionally crafted log roadhouse and guest cabins, full of local history and a good source for what to do in Cooper Landing."
"Gwin’s Lodge, in Cooper Landing (roughly in the middle of the Kenai), is a good base for exploring the peninsula. The kids will love the loft beds; Mom and Dad can hike up to Russian River Falls to watch leaping salmon and maybe spot a moose."
Barefoot Guides: 
"The Kenai Peninsula is Alaska's Playground"
Best Trip Choices:
"The peninsula serves as the Alaska sampler because it has the wildlife; the dramatic glaciers, mountains and wilderness; multipurpose rivers; a fjord-lined coast — plus churches, mining towns and other attractions associated with Alaska’s settlement story."

Alaska is a big state, the biggest state, in fact, of the United States. So no wonder even when many have Alaska on their bucket list, they feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes time to actually plan their dream Alaska vacation.

Alaska has much to offer, and among the best are Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula. 

Denali National Park features Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain peak in the North American Continent at 20,320 feet. It is highly recommended to take the Alaskan Railroad from Anchorage to Denali in a clear dome rail car in order to be able to devote all of your attention to the beautiful scenery unfolding before you. Traffic inside the park is limited, so the best way to see the park is to ride one of the shuttles or buses that offer you the views but none of the headaches of driving. Also try to hike along one of many trails inside the park to fully take advantage of seeing the scenery and wildlife.

The Kenai Peninsula is known as "Alaska's Playground" because even Alaskans will travel to the Kenai Peninsula for recreation and vacations. The Kenai Peninsula is best known for its world class salmon fisheries, the Kenai and the Russian Rivers, where the term "combat fishing" probably originated. However, the Kenai Peninsula is also well-known for its beautiful scenery and many other 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 breathtaking scenery and wildlife offer photography enthusiasts an endless variety of subjects for memorable photos.

















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

Gwin's Lodge

P.O. BOX 769




ALASKA  99572-0769


mo. 907-398-3987

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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.