Sure, Homer is billed as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of Alaska," but non-anglers revel in this charming, end-of-the-road Alaska town. An eclectic mix of artists, fisherman and outdoor lovers make up the lifeblood of Homer, drawn by its slow pace and postcard setting by the clear-water bay. You'll have to go out of your way to get here, but we recommend you do, and try to spend a couple days to a week at least—this is one of Alaska's best small towns.
Homer is one of the premier places on the planet where humans interact positively and with great pleasure with their environment on many levels. Whether it's hiking the pristine and wildlife rich trails and beaches, sailing, kayaking, bear viewing, clamming, fishing her sparkling bay, photographing her eagles and other birds close up, you'll find Homer to be the Ecological Tourism Capital of Alaska. And Homer lovers take great pride in keeping their beautiful land and waters pristine and healthy, with some organizations routinely scheduling trail and water cleanings.
Homer offers a variety of fun memorable experiences whether you're fishing or relaxing on the Homer Spit, a long, narrow finger of land jutting into the bay; browsing the art on “Gallery Row,” on Pioneer Avenue, or taking in the views of wildflower meadows, glaciers, and peaks from hiking trails above town.
If you have the time, be sure to visit some of the gems across Kachemak Bay. Seldovia is a charming seaside town with historic boardwalks and incredible views, easily accessed via a 45 minute ferry ride. Head to Halibut Cove where a meal at The Saltry is a must. Or, tuck into a remote wilderness lodge for a few nights and completely unplug.
It’s roughly a 3.5 – 4 hour drive from Seward, and a 4.5 hour drive from Anchorage, see our Anchorage to Homer article for more details. You can also reach Homer along the Alaska Marine Highway by taking a ferry. Or maximize your time and get there in just 45 minutes from Anchorage with regional air carrier Ravn Alaska.