The Kenai Peninsula is known as "Alaska's Playground" because of its beautiful scenery, world-class fisheries, abundant wildlife, and a variety of fun outdoor activities, including salmon and trout fishing, saltwater fishing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, flight seeing, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, dog sledding, and gold panning. Its close proximity to Anchorage makes its outdoor offerings easily accessible to Alaskans and visitors alike. The peninsula includes several of the most populous towns in southern Alaska, including Seward on the Gulf of Alaska Coast, Soldotna and Kenai along the Cook Inlet, and Homer, along Kachemak Bay, along with numerous smaller villages and settlements.