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 SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA - KENAI PENINSULA
Known for being North America’s most westerly community accessible by road, Anchor Point boasts stunning scenery, views of four active volcanoes known as the Sleeping Giants, world- renowned sport fishing, and many outdoor adventure activities. Over- looking Cook Inlet, Anchor Point is a quaint coastal community that has an assortment of accommodations, an RV park right on the water, fantastic local eateries, grocery stores, a museum, and an art gallery.
Located a half hour drive north of Homer on the Sterling Highway, Anchor Point is a hidden gem in South Central Alaska. You won’t find hordes of tourists here during the summer, just excellent fishing and clam digging opportunities along the Anchor River. For an indoor experience, check out the Normal Lowell Art Gallery, just five miles south of Anchor Point. It’s only open during the summer, but admission is free and it’s great opportunity to chat with the artist about what life in rural Alaska has been like.
Just next door, the Russian community of Nikolaevsk provides an opportunity to learn about the history of Alaska before it became America’s 49th state. With over 200 of its 300 residents speaking
Photo courtesy Brian Johnson
Anchor Point – Come to Play, Come to Stay!
 Photo courtesy Fritzcat
Homer – Explore & Play!
Homer, on the shore of Kachemak Bay, is well known for it’s 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 Kechemak Bay State Park is just a short boat ride away and offers some amazing guided hikes and fishing opportunities. For the foodie or the artsy explorer, there are many fantastic restaurants, museums and art galleries. The Pratt Museum has great exhibits showcasing Native American art. The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Centre 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. 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 multiuse 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.
Russian and the onion-domed Old Believers Church, you’ll think you’ve somehow traveled across the Bering Strait.
    ATTRACTIONS
 Pratt Museum
Natural history exchibits & an aquarium.
Bishop’s Beach
Sandy shore with picknicking & a walking trail Free public restrooms.
Seafarer’s Memorial
A beautiful place to stop on the Spit and take in the view.
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