Homer —At the “End of the Road” – The Adventure Begins!
South of Anchorage and accessed by 225 miles of scenic highway or daily flights, Homer is located on the shores of Kachemak Bay, surrounded by glaciers and mountains and a home base for great fishing, and kayaking, bear viewing, hiking, foodie and art vacations.
Homer has the unique attraction of the 2nd longest “Spit” in the world. The Homer Spit is a natural geologic phenomenon formed initially by terminal glacial moraine and juts 5 miles out into Kachemak Bay. It is a great jumping-off place for endless adventures in and across Kachemak Bay and is home to the Homer Port and Harbor where vessels of all shapes, sizes, and uses can be seen.
The “Time Bandit”, made famous on the TV show “The Deadliest Catch” calls the Homer harbour home and can be seen whenever it is in port. Wildlife cruises of Kachemak Bay and King salmon fishing are offered year-round.
Homer has bear viewing trips to Katmai National Park, home of the famous Brooks River Falls. This is where bears can be seen fishing for salmon all along the falls. It is also home to the annual Fat Bear Week Contest.
Homer was named for Homer Pennock, a gold miner who established the first development on the Homer Spit in 1896. Today’s Homer Alaska is a thriving community of approximately 5,400 residents. Across the sparkling waters of Kachemak Bay, the rugged Kenai Mountains spread east, west, and south. Soaring snowcapped peaks overlook massive glaciers crawling toward the sea.
Along the coastline, the steep mountain valleys form narrow fjords. It is one of the few places in the world, if not the only one, where several glaciers and active volcanoes can be viewed at the same time. Homer is at the southwest tip of the Kenai Peninsula on Kachemak Bay. The town lies 225 paved highway miles from Anchorage and is easily accessible by highway, sea, or air. Homer is 76 miles south of the city of Kenai and 78 miles from Soldotna.