The first gold rush in Alaska happened here—before the Klondike Stampede or the rush the gold beaches of Nome—the first gold rush in Alaska happened in Hope.
Location / Coordinates: Hope, Alaska is off the beaten path. Hope, Alaska is about an hour and a half drive from Anchorage. On the north-end of the Kenai Peninsula, Hope is northwest of the Sterling Highway and the Hope Highway junction about 15 miles. The town of Hope is on southern shores of Turnagain Arm.
Coordinates: Latitude 60.54 & Longitude 149.37
Population / Elevation: A small town, practically at sea level, Hope is home to anywhere from 125 to 200 people, depending on who you ask. The school district, K through 12 has only about 14 children.
Description: Hope, Alaska hasn’t changed much, if at all, since it was established in the late 1800’s. Most of the original buildings are still standing and in use. Today Hope, Alaska is a quiet, historic trip back through time. Hope, Alaska is what visitors to Alaska envision about Alaska–Wooded surroundings, log cabins, an old general store, friendly folksy people.
What to do there: Hope, Alaska is the perfect place to have a picnic and relax, take in the scenery, do a little fishing, look for Beluga whales in Turnagain Arm, and generally enjoy life. Camp on the shores of Turnagain Arm or stay at a B&B, hike the Gull Rock Trail, bicycle in and around Hope, Alaska.
History: Miners arrived in the area by boat, Many rowed themselves up Cook Inlet’s Turnagain Arm in dories. A few of these men decided to name their little town after the next person off the boat. The next person off the boat happened to be Percy Hope, a 17-year-old prospector.
How to get there: From Anchorage, take the Seward Highway about 70 miles to the Hope Road turnoff. Hope, Alaska is at the end of Hope Highway less than 20 miles from the turnoff.
Facilities: Everything the relaxed traveler needs can be found in Hop, Alaska. Bed & Breakfasts, cabins, a library, a couple of cafes, and even a jewelry shop. Hope, Alaska also has a campground.
RV info: Hope, Alaska doesn’t have any RV parks, but you can camp in town or at the state park.