Why This Trip?
If a remote wilderness lodge sounds like the ideal Alaskan experience, then this is a great itinerary for you. You'll take a scenic drive down to Homer and enjoy some peace and quiet in your lodge, with plenty of opportunities for activities like fishing and bear-viewing.
Arrive & Overnight in Anchorage
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Welcome to Anchorage! Take today to explore Alaska's largest city. Go on a city tour via trolley or bike to get an overview, or join a brewery tour and sample some of the innovative suds being brewed here. Then get an in-depth picture of the city and state at the Anchorage Museum, or visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center for a dose of history and culture. Of course, you'll also want to experience the city's fantastic bars and restaurants.
Scenic Drive from Anchorage to Homer
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Today you'll make the drive to Homer,, which will take about 4.5 hours, though it's so scenic you'll probably be making some stops along the way. When you driving along Turnagain Arm, keep an eye out wildlife like dall sheep and beluga whales. Then, as you make your way down the western coast of the Kenai Peninsula and get closer to Homer, look for volcanoes.
Day & Overnight in Homer
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With nearby wilderness lodges, Homer is a great place to get away from the crowds and soak up the area's vast natural beauty. Fortunately, you can still take advantage of some of the amazing activities, which the lodge can organize for you. Take a half- or full-day fishing charter to angle for monster-size hut, or cast your line for salmon instead. You can also hop a scenic flight to Katmai or Lake Clark national parks, where you can experience the magic of seeing bears in their natural habitat.
Day & Overnight in Homer
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Your wilderness lodge is the perfect place to kick back and just enjoy being surrounded by the sights and sounds of natural Alaska. So take advantage of the great hospitality and meals on offer. Of course, if you want to take part in another activity, go for it. If you went fishing yesterday, try bear-viewing (or vice versa). Shorter adventures are also a possibility. Sea kayaking, hiking, tide pooling, boat excursions, beach campfires, and bird-watching are just a few of the amazing activities your lodge may offer.
Drive from Homer to Anchorage
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Today, you'll drive back to Anchorage, which will take almost 4.5 hours. If you have time, drop by the 200-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you'll get an up-close view of some of the state's unique creatures. Another option is to visit Portage Glacier, where you'll often see big blue icebergs along the shore of the lake by the parking area. Take the one-hour boat cruise to get close to the glacier, or spend time at the Begich Boggs Visitor Center to learn more about this special area.