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Homer, on the shore of Kachemak Bay, is well known for its fishing (notably halibut) and outdoor adventures, but also for its vibrant culinary and arts community. It’s the very last stop on the Sterling Highway that traverses the Kenai peninsula’s western shore. Located just over five hours from Anchorage, it’s a stop not to be missed on a tour of South Central Alaska.

Whether it be sea kayaking, beachcombing, bear-viewing, whale- watching or birding, Homer has you covered! Some of the best outdoor activities are located right in town, while Kachemak Bay State Park is just a short boat ride away and offers some fantastic guided hikes and fishing opportunities. For the foodie or the artsy explorer, there are many excellent restaurants, museums, and art galleries. The Pratt Museum has great exhibits showcasing Native American art. In contrast, the start of the art Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Centre admission focuses on the unique wildlife present in South Central Alaska and is free.

Despite its geographic remoteness, Homer has a bit of a cosmopolitan feel. It’s a port of call for both the Alaska State Ferry and a number of cruise ships, which means there’s never a shortage of new people in town. The town has a wide variety of accommodations, including cozy B&Bs, resort lodges, and cabins, and there is even RV camping available right on Homer’s Spit, a narrow strip of land, which extends 4.5 miles into Kachemak Bay.

The spit has been named one of America’s best beaches for its stunning views and multi-use trail, perfect for jogging and cycling, that runs along the length. The spit is an excellent place to see “the real Alaska” in action as the peninsula is home to thousands of commercial fishing boats in the summer.

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