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Kenai, Alaska

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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Kenai.

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Around Kenai ...

Kenai is the largest city within a 50 mile [80 km] radius.

The next largest community is Soldotna. It lies just southeast of Kenai and has a population of 4,600 people.<1>

For comparison, Kenai has a population of 7,700 people.

The following is a sample of neighboring communities: Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Kenai and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<2>

Community   DirectionDistance
Clam Gulch   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
Cohoe   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
Cooper Landing   [Map]     E   48 miles [77.2 km]
Drift River   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Funny River   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
Kalifornsky   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
Kasilof   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
Nikishka   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Nikiski   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
Ninilchik   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Port Nikiski   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Ridgeway   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
Salamatof   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
Sterling   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
Tyonek   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]

Curious and Interesting Names Near Kenai ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some names catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Clam Gulch   -   23 miles [37 km] to the South of Kenai   [Map]
Drift River   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Funny River   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the East   [Map]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Kenai ...

Looking for more information about Kenai? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Kenai, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Kenai.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Kenai.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Kenai. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alaska

    Alaska Tourism
    Parks for Alaska

    Fishing in Alaska
    Hunting in Alaska

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Alaska Statewide Tourism
    Kenai Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Kenai

National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alaska

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alaska

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alaska

Airports Near Kenai ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Kenai.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Kenai Muni. (ENA/PAEN)   [Map]   ENA   N   Less than 2 miles
Soldotna Airport(SXQ/PASX)   [Map]   SXQ   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Kenai.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Kenai. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl. (ANC/PANC)   [Map]   ANC   NE   59 miles [95 km]
Homer Airport(HOM/PAHO)   [Map]   HOM   S   63 miles [101.4 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Kenai Muni. (ENA/PAEN)   [Map]   ENA   N   Less than 2 miles

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Soldotna Airport(SXQ/PASX)   [Map]   SXQ   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Tyonek Airport(IATA:TYE)   [Map]   TYE   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Ninilchik Airport   [Map]   NIN   SSW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Beluga Airport(BVU/PABG)   [Map]   BLG   N   42 miles [67.6 km]
Quartz Creek Airport   [Map]   JLA   E   52 miles [83.7 km]
Hope Airport   [Map]   5HO   ENE   59 miles [95 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl.   (ANC/PANC)   [Map]
        Website for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Homer Airport   (HOM/PAHO)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Kenai Muni.   (ENA/PAEN)   [Map]
        Website for Kenai Municipal Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Soldotna Airport   (SXQ/PASX)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Beluga Airport   (BVU/PABG)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alaska

About Alaska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Kenai: www.ci.kenai.ak.us/

The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Kenai.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Kenai. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Kenai) 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 Kenai. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Kenai

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kenai. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 60.5602, Longitude: -151.2500     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Kenai), 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Kenai.