In the past four years I've flown the route from Seattle to Anchorage at least eight times but until this past month, I had never made it down to the Kenai Peninsula. While I've driven the Seward Highway down the Turnagain Arm on every visit from March to July - I've never driven past the turn to the Portage Glacier and Lake. On my latest trip, I planned ahead to make it happen.
Taking a 7AM flight to Anchorage ensured that an adventurous co-worker and I would put in our eight hours of work and still have an entire afternoon to explore. After grabbing some brunch at Middle Way Cafe, we made tracks for Kenai Fjords National Park and the city of Seward. The easiest way to visit Kenai Fjords is to drive in and take the short hike to the Exit Glacier - or if you've got the time, take the longer hike up for a view of the Harding Icefield. After your hike, I recommend the Sea Bean Cafe in Seward for a late lunch - great sandwiches available on gluten free bread and plenty of non-dairy milk options for a latte. For a post lunch stroll, make sure to walk over to the start of the Iditarod National Historic Trail.