Homer

United States of America

Photo provided by State of Alaska/Matt Hage
Photo provided by State of Alaska/Matt Hage

Whether you’re already skilled at game fishing or want to try it for the first time, head to Homer, where the halibut are abundant and salmon are present year-round. Come for the fishing and stay for other cultural and outdoor experiences.

Begin your visit with a flight-seeing tour of this area on the Kenai Peninsula. From your aerial vantage point, look down on the mountains, forest, waters and glaciers that make Homer a recreational wonderland.

Kayak or sail off the Spit, a narrow 4.5-mile (7-kilometer) strip of land jutting into the bay. Take a water taxi across the bay to the very large Kachemak Bay State Park, where you can camp, view glaciers, hike on more than 80 miles (130 kilometers) of backcountry trails and look for wildlife. Moose, bears, goats, wolves and coyotes inhabit the lands, while birds fly overhead and marine animals swim just offshore.

Homer is a primary starting point to access the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Look for puffins and auklets, including some rare species. See whales and otters cavorting in the waters.

Throughout the year, fish in Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet and the stocked Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. Enter the summer halibut derby for a chance to win prizes for your big fish. In March, join the King Salmon Tournament.

Watch musical and dramatic stage performances at the Pier One Theatre or see the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra at the Mariner Theatre. On the first Friday of the month, many of Homer’s numerous art galleries offer the opportunity to meet the artists. Visit the outstanding Pratt Museum, which features arts, science and culture, with lectures and educational and community events throughout the year.

Drive to Homer from Anchorage in about 4 hours along a scenic highway through the Chugach National Forest and along the Alaska Gulf coastline. Alternatively, fly to Homer Airport or cruise along the Alaska Marine Highway. Rent a car or bike to get around the area once you have arrived.

Known for

Fishing, Scenery and Sea

Top Hotels in Homer

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Land's End Resort
3 out of 5
4786 Homer Spit Road, Homer
$189/night
Jul 22 - Jul 23
4.1/5Very Good! (386 reviews)

"Everything was great, from the rooms to the food, to the view. If I had to say anything I would say I wish there was an elevator on both ends. My senior mother and I did a lot of walking down to the elevator, half way back to our room every time we left and clear back to the far end to eat downstairs. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Land's End Resort
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Aspen Suites Hotel Homer
2.5 out of 5
91 Sterling Hwy, Homer
$188/night
Jul 31 - Aug 1
4.7/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)

"Surprised that they did not have daily housekeeping service for clean towels and trash removal. Property is brand new, so everything was clean. No continental breakfast offered either. Rate was not cheap, expected more. Would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Aspen Suites Hotel Homer
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Kings Landing
2 out of 5
147 E Pioneer Ave, Homer
$135/night
Jul 20 - Jul 21
3.4/5Good! (79 reviews)

"Good Value. Nice hotel, with some recent remodel work done. Great location. No view, but next door to some very good restaurants. A pleasant outdoor seating to enjoy a morning cup of coffee. No problems at check in or check out, friendly staff. Only issue was how thin the walls are. You can hear ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Kings Landing

Top activities in Homer

Brown Bear Viewing Adventure
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Brown Bear Viewing Adventure

$670

Encounter ambling brown bears against the spectacular backdrop of Alaska's remote wilderness. Fly out of Homer to either Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park, where an expert guide leads you on an expedition to view these amazing animals in their natural habitat.