Photo Credit: View of Kachemak Bay. Dane Gregory
Visit Homer Alaska  (1:57)

Homer is one of Alaska's best small towns. It's long been known as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of Alaska," but there's so much more in this charming, end-of-the-road Alaska town. It's also the Ecological Tourism Capital of Alaska. 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 Kachemak Bay. And the residents take great pride in keeping their beautiful land and waters pristine and healthy, with some organizations routinely scheduling trail and water cleanings. It takes some effort to get here, but we recommend you do, and try to spend a couple days to a week at least.

Favorite Activities in Homer

  • Bear Viewing: From Homer, you can take a short flight to remote bear-viewing areas where bears are known to gather. Katmai National Park, home to the world famous Brooks Falls, is one of the most densely populated brown bear areas in the world. Or, travel to Lake Clark National Park, another premier bear viewing location.
  • Visit The Homer Spit: The Homer Spit is a long, narrow finger of land jutting 4.5 miles into Kachemak Bay. Drive it's length, or enjoy the 4-mile paved Homer Spit Trail from the base of the spit to the Dudiak Fishing Hole. Near the end there's a boardwalk lined with businesses and shops, a hotel and vacation rentals, as well as options to just stroll the rocky beachfront. Eagle sightings are common.
  • Sea Kayaking & Stand-up Paddleboarding: Some kayaking tours launch from the Harbor, and others carry you to more remote and quiet areas via water taxi to start your trip. Stand-up paddleboarding has also gained popularity in recent years.
  • Day Cruises: Day cruises from Homer provide the perfect blend of adventure and tranquility. Look for humpback and orca whales, birds, sea otters, or just enjoy the landscape.
  • Hiking: Homer is a popular hiking destination, and you'll find lots of variety for every ability level. Hike trails in the hills above Homer, or board a water taxi and hike the trails across the bay in Kachemak Bay State Park.
  • Fishing: Homer is the self-proclaimed “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” Enjoy a half or full day fishing charter where you can also fish for salmon and rockfish.
  • Explore Areas Across Kachemak Bay: Seldovia is a charming seaside town with historic boardwalks and incredible views, easily accessed via a 45 minute ferry ride or water taxi. Halibut Cove is another popular spot to visit for the afternoon.
  • Glacier Experiences: Homer offers some incredible opportunities to see glaciers. Hike to an iceberg studded lake and then kayak among them, view glaciers from above on a flightseeing tour, or jetski near glaciers.
  • Local Art: Browse works by local artists on “Gallery Row,” the stretch of Pioneer Avenue between Main Street and Lake Street. There are also a few galleries on the Homer Spit.
  • Museums: Homer’s Pratt Muse­um pre­serves the sto­ries of the Kachemak Bay region. Learn about the landscape and communities of the area. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies's headquarters has displays on local flora and fauna, and their programs include a cruise into Kachemak Bay, looking at critters on the dock, and more.
  • Winter Getaways: Homer is the perfect spot to unplug in winter. This cozy, ocean-front town has great winter hiking and cross-country skiing. There are even winter fishing charters available.
Bears fish for salmon at Brooks Falls, a short plane ride from Homer, Alaska

Homer is one of the best spots in Alaska for a bear viewing tour. From Homer it's a short flight to Katmai or Lake Clark National Park.

Campers and anglers fish the Dudiak Fishing Hole in Homer, Alaska

Anglers fish the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon (aka The Fishing Hole) on the Homer Spit

Where to Stay in Homer

In Homer you'll find cabin and vacation rentals, B&Bs, locally-owned hotels, and campgrounds dotting the waterfont. Across the Kachemak Bay you can unplug at some of the best wilderness lodges in the state. Wilderness lodges are often all-inclusive of activities and gourmet meals. View all lodging options in Homer.

How to Get to Homer

Drive: It’s roughly a 3.5 hour drive from Seward, and a 4.5 hour drive from Anchorage. See our Anchorage to Homer article for more details.
Luxury Bus: If you don't want to drive, a bus is available during the summer.
Ferry: You can reach Homer along the Alaska Marine Highway by taking a ferry.
By Air: Maximize your time and get to Homer in just 45 minutes from Anchorage with regional air carrier Ravn Alaska.

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