Alaska February 24, 2017
The One Small Town In Alaska Where You’ll Never Want To Sleep
Soldotna is one small Alaskan town with a lot to say. Quite frankly, it’s almost like it’ll never shut up. The fierce beauty of the local landscapes scream so loudly while simultaneously giving you the most grandiose dose of eye-candy. In a place this beautiful, you’ll have a hard time staying indoors. In fact, you’ll probably never want to sleep. Just see for yourself…
Welcome to Alaska's Kenai River City of Soldotna!
With a year-round population around only 4,100 residents, don't let the small size of the city fool you. There is so much to do here, you will never want to sleep.
Located on the gorgeous Kenai Peninsula, this charming town truly epitomizes the "Alaska's Playground" lifestyle.
As you head in, you might be tempted to pull to the side of the road and pose for a photo-op on top of a giant wooden fish statue.
Yes, that will really happen. And you know what? We say "go for it!" When in Soldotna, you just gotta learn how to let loose and live a little.
Don't let the insanely beautiful views distract you from paying attention to the road.
Instead, take advantage of the many scenic pullouts along the way. Get out and stretch your legs while soaking in epic panoramic mountain views as far as the eyes can see.
By now you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, just take a looksie below...
The world-renowned Kenai River attracts more than just the angling addicts who come to reap in the plentiful rewards of the prolific fisheries.
This peaceful paradise does something magical to the soul. While we could try to put its glory into words, it's really quite unexplainable.
Once you experience a serene float down these glacial blue waters, you'll get it.
The Soldotna Visitor Center boardwalk along the Kenai River attracts more than just fisher people.
This picture-perfect path with a million dollar view attracts runners, walkers, birders and photographers as well.
We'd be willing to be that you've never seen 'winter wonderland' dressed this pretty before!
Not only is the Kenai River a photographers dreamland, but it is also an excellent place to soak in majestic wildlife views.
We are 100% certain that you'll have to pinch yourself in disbelief. I mean, this place is just EVERYTHING.
From mama moose with their adorable babies to large herds of migrating caribou, Soldotna is a rare gem that nature lovers can't get enough of.
An outdoors lifestyle is just a way of life here.
Every time you leave the house you'll see people riding ATVs and Snow Machines on the endless trails set back from the road.
One of the most beloved places in town is
With roughly 15 miles of trails to enjoy, locals and visitors alike can't get enough of the many routes to explore.
Running, mountain biking and on-leash dog walking is a great way to soak up the summertime sunshine.
During the snowy winter months, Tsalteshi Trails becomes a beautifully groomed Nordic skiing paradise.
But if you aren't into the poles and prefer something with a little more pizzazz, head over to Soldotna Creek Park for some ice skating.
This family friendly activity is not only a total blast, but it's also right in town off of the Sterling Highway which is very quick and convenient.
In the summertime, the Soldotna Wednesday Market at Soldotna Creek Park is a great place to enjoy live music and lots of fun outdoor booths.
Or if you're feeling a bit more flexible, join in on the 'yoga in the park' fun and namaste next to the river.
With a nice variety of stocked lakes in town, ice fishing is another great snowy season activity that the whole family will love.
Other wintertime activities in Soldotna include sledding, fat tire biking and snow shoeing.
Local coffee shops in town like Allen Sisters Coffee, The Grind and Arctic Fox offer the perfect pick-me-up to keep you going strong and living happy.
If kicking back with a cold one is more your style, Kenai River Brewing Co. and St. Elias Brewing are great spots to grab a local brew.
You'd be crazy to pass through town without stopping at the sweet spot with
apple fritters that are to die for.
For dinner, places like Mykel's Restaurant, Senor Panchos and Buckets Sports Grill will satisfy your taste-buds like never before.
Or you can head to the Duck Inn, Bridge Lounge or Copper Top Lounge at Hooligans Lodge for dinner and drinks into the late night hours.
Before we wrap this party up, let us remind you that it's always worth rising early for a sunrise in Soldotna...
...And every Soldotna sunset is worth chasing!
Not only is Soldotna an epic adventure destination, but it is also a wonderful place to live, laugh and love freely. Business, growth, education, healthcare, community, family… the list goes on and on. Living in Soldotna truly is a lifestyle that will have you hooked. If you aren’t already convinced, check out the great YouTube video below from the
Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and find yourself falling in love with Alaska’s Kenai River City.
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