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Where’s the Best Destination for an Alaska Staycation?

You don’t have to spend a lot of time, money, or energy planning an epic vacation. If you’re an Alaska resident, adventure is all around! Whether you want to explore hidden hiking trails or view wildlife, incredible activities are abundant in your own backyard. Consider a trip to Homer for your Alaska staycation! Our quiet town on Kachemak Bay boasts the perfect blend of excitement and relaxation, making it the perfect destination for all travelers.  

When you’re ready to start planning your staycation, request our free Homer Vacation Guide. This online guide is filled with local insight into the best things to do and see during your trip! 

Your Guide to an Alaska Staycation in Homer  

How to Get There 

Do you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Homer is within driving distance of Anchorage, making it the perfect choice for an Alaska staycation. The drive from Anchorage to Homer takes just over four hours and there’s plenty of things to see along the way! The route passes through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, so you can enjoy stunning views along the way.  

Enter your starting point on this interactive map to see how far Homer is from your city or town! 

What to Do 

Perhaps the most difficult decision in planning your staycation is deciding what to do while you’re here. From relaxing strolls along Bishop’s Beach to world-class fishing charters, there’s an activity for everyone’s interests. Here are a couple of can’t-miss things to do in Homer: 

Fishing Charters 

Our fishing charters are the No. 1 activity we recommend to guests. The Driftwood Inn offers half and full-day halibut, salmon, and combination charters. Each of these charters is led by expert captains who know these waters better than anyone. You simply can’t come to the halibut fishing capital of the world and not book a charter! 

Bear Viewing Tour

bear viewing tour is another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you can experience during your trip to Homer! This full-day experience is one of the best bear viewing tours around. This five-hour day tour transports guests via plane to either Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park to observe bears in the wild with the company of an Alaskan Naturalist Guide. You can expect to catch a glimpse of brown coastal bears (peninsular grizzly bears), black bears, and more! 

Where to Stay 

Make the Driftwood Inn your homestead during an Alaska staycation. Our property boasts several accommodations including Modern LodgesOld Town CottagesWoodside Lodge SuitesHistoric Inn RoomsTiny Houses, and an RV Park. With so many options, you’re sure to find a lodging option that suits your needs. If you’re planning to work remotely during your stay, we recommend our cottages, while our Tiny Houses may be best for someone who wants to drop their things and go on an adventure! 

Check our availability to start planning your Alaska staycation! 

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