Around Drift River ...
The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Kenai. It is located about 30 miles [48 km] to the east of Drift River. Kenai has a population of 7,800 people.<1>.
The next largest community is Soldotna.
It is located about 37 miles [ km] to the east of Drift River and has a population of 4,700 people.
Below is a sample of nearby communities: Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Drift River.<2>
- Clam Gulch
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nikishka
- Nikishka lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the east of Drift River
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nikishka have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Nikishka
- Port Nikiski
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Nikiski
- Port Nikiski lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the east of Drift River
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Port Nikiski
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salamatof
- Salamatof lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<2> to the east of Drift River
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Salamatof
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Soldotna
- Soldotna lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<2> to the east of Drift River
- Estimated population in 2019: 4,719 people
- Soldotna has also been known as:
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Soldotna
- Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Soldotna<3>
Curious and Interesting Names Near Drift River ...
It seems like there is always a nearby community with a name that seems interesting, maybe familiar or just catches our attention in some other way. We've collected some names which strike us as being curious or interesting. Our list can be found on the Tidbits & Trivia Page for Drift River.
Airports Near Drift River ...
When a trip includes a flight, we try to find an airport that best fits our travel plans.<5> To that purpose, we've assembled a list of that are relatively close to Drift River and that information can be found on the Airports Page for Drift River.
Websites We Enjoy ...
When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights, attractions and places to visit.
- For the State of Alaska:
- TripAdvisor Links for:
- Also of Interest:
Other Roadside Stops ...
Visit our Community Index for Alaska
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Drift River. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/
|<1>||Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Drift River.|
|<2>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Drift River) to Point B.|
If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Drift River. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Drift River
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Drift River. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 60.5917, Longitude: -152.1611 In this case, the coordinates for Drift River have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
|<3>||While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.|
|<4>||The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.|
|<5>||When we are planning a trip (for example, to Drift River), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.|