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Old 10-01-2012, 06:05 PM
 
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We will be visiting Kenai in October and am wondering what we should see and definitely not miss. I know its late in the season but hope to see some sites. We will have access to an RV so can travel some short distances.

Also I was there two years ago and at some point we rode a ferry for about an hour and there was no charge. It was after we left Homer and on way home to lower 48. The freeway ran out and the ferry took us, I don't know where--- It was down a river or fjord and the people had miniature light houses on their property. We got on the ferry at a place that had a hot springs and a name I could not pronounce. IF ANYONE HAS ANY IDEA WHERE THIS IS, I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW!!!!!

Thank you so much for any information you may have.
Sandy
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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You might do some reading over at the Trip Advisor forum for Alaska. You'll find a wealth of travel info there.
Alaska Forum, Travel Discussion for Alaska - TripAdvisor

I've been in Alaska for 31 years and traveled it quite extensively... To my knowledge there is no spot with a free ferry. Ferries, yes. Free, no.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:52 AM
 
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You might do some reading over at the Trip Advisor forum for Alaska. You'll find a wealth of travel info there.
Alaska Forum, Travel Discussion for Alaska - TripAdvisor

I've been in Alaska for 31 years and traveled it quite extensively... To my knowledge there is no spot with a free ferry. Ferries, yes. Free, no.
When one is stuck around Kenail. Sometimes it is best to travel up to Anchorage. Stay at the hotel resort complex next to the train station and then take the train to Fairbanks for more shopping. Fairbanks has some good hotels next to the shopping center district. So everything is in walking distance and or for extreme cold weather use of taxi services. It is good maybe for the train service run year round. They can do it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska - USA
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When one is stuck around Kenail. Sometimes it is best to travel up to Anchorage. Stay at the hotel resort complex next to the train station and then take the train to Fairbanks for more shopping. Fairbanks has some good hotels next to the shopping center district. So everything is in walking distance and or for extreme cold weather use of taxi services. It is good maybe for the train service run year round. They can do it.
OK, I'll bite. Where is this "shopping center district" in Fairbanks you speak of with good hotels within walking distance?. The only place I could think of would be the hotel across from complex with Wal-Mart, Lowes, Barnes and Knowble, Sportman's Warehouse, etc.

Not sure I would take a trip from Kenai all the way up to Fairbanks just to go shopping.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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When one is stuck around Kenail. Sometimes it is best to travel up to Anchorage. Stay at the hotel resort complex next to the train station and then take the train to Fairbanks for more shopping. Fairbanks has some good hotels next to the shopping center district. So everything is in walking distance and or for extreme cold weather use of taxi services. It is good maybe for the train service run year round. They can do it.
Ummm... With all due respect, NO. The train to Fairbanks only runs once a week in the winter. Why would you leave an RV sitting in Anchorage while you pay to take taxis & stay in hotels in Fairbanks for a week? And if shopping is your goal, then Anchorage has many, many, many more shopping opportunities than Fairbanks.

I don't think the original poster is "stuck" in Kenai. It sound like they've chosen that as their vacation spot.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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And for the original poster, in addition to the Trip Advisor link, here's some other links that may help you plan:
| WELCOME TO HOMER! | Homer Chamber of Commerce
Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center | page
Seward.com – Alaska Starts Here!
Alaska SeaLife Center Home Page
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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Bob...why would I drive from Kenai to Anchorage, to get on a train to go to FB to go shopping...does not make one bit of sense...I could get anything in Kenai-Soldotna I needed or order online.... sheesh....Oh and you made multiple trips to FB to Wal-Mart...they have a Wal-Mart in Kenai too....just saying....
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:16 AM
 
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Bob...why would I drive from Kenai to Anchorage, to get on a train to go to FB to go shopping...does not make one bit of sense...I could get anything in Kenai-Soldotna I needed or order online.... sheesh....Oh and you made multiple trips to FB to Wal-Mart...they have a Wal-Mart in Kenai too....just saying....
Most people get run down in one place most of the time. Best to move about freely and experience other side of Alaska. Kenai has lots to offer but known for wind swept life style homes. The hiking trails be good for snowshoeing within the winter times. It is smart to try and think above average folks. Ice fishing is kind of hard to do. Because the ice shelf is too darn thick.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:08 AM
 
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We will be visiting Kenai in October and am wondering what we should see and definitely not miss. I know its late in the season but hope to see some sites. We will have access to an RV so can travel some short distances.

Also I was there two years ago and at some point we rode a ferry for about an hour and there was no charge. It was after we left Homer and on way home to lower 48. The freeway ran out and the ferry took us, I don't know where--- It was down a river or fjord and the people had miniature light houses on their property. We got on the ferry at a place that had a hot springs and a name I could not pronounce. IF ANYONE HAS ANY IDEA WHERE THIS IS, I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW!!!!!

Thank you so much for any information you may have.
Sandy
Almost sounds like the free ferry at Kootenay Lake in British Columbia which is near a hot springs. However, that is nowhere near Homer & there is no free ferry on the Kenai.

On the Kenai, I recommend Seward.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska - USA
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Most people get run down in one place most of the time. Best to move about freely and experience other side of Alaska. Kenai has lots to offer but known for wind swept life style homes. The hiking trails be good for snowshoeing within the winter times. It is smart to try and think above average folks. Ice fishing is kind of hard to do. Because the ice shelf is too darn thick.
What's a wind swept life style home?

I'm still not sure that driving to Anchorage, hopping a train to Fairbanks to shop would be considered experiencing the "other side of Alaska". Then again, I still haven't figure out where the shopping district within walking distance of good hotels is located in Fairbanks. Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn across from Walmart and Lowes, 1st and 2nd Ave around the Spring Hill Suites, Fred Meyers across from the Extended Stay and Best Western? Let me know if I'm getting warm.

I agree with your advise to the original poster about ice fishing. It is hard to do, not because of the ice thickness, but rather that they stated they will be here in October. I don't believe there are a lot of place to ice fish that early in the winter.
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