No matter the region, Alaska is an awe-inspiring destination. The Last Frontier has great views, outdoor recreation, fishing charters, and more! From tidepools to bear viewing, there are a variety of ways to explore the beauty of our area’s flora and fauna. You’re sure to discover the outdoorsman within yourself during your trip. Read on for more information on our favorite things to do in Homer, Alaska!
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Top 5 Things to Do in Homer, Alaska
1. Halibut Fishing
Homer, Alaska, is the halibut fishing capital of the world! So, make room for a fishing charter your next time visiting Homer. The Driftwood Inn offers half-day and full-day halibut, salmon, or combination charters. Our fishing charters are led by seasoned Captains who know the ins and outs of ocean fishing in this area and guide you each step of the way to ensure you have the best chance for success! Make sure you have everything you need before you arrive at the dock for departure, like a fishing license and a king salmon stamp for salmon fishing.
2. Bear Viewing
There are very few places in the United State where you can observe bears in their natural habitat. Luckily, Alaska is one of them! You can book a Homer, Alaska, bear tour through the Driftwood Inn! Our bear tours depart from Homer and take guests via plane over the Kachemak Bay to Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park. Once you arrive, your experienced naturalist guide will lead you to bear observation spots to watch these majestic creatures as they relax in their natural habitat. At more than five hours long, these tours make the perfect day trip!
3. Guided & Unguided Hikes
Another great option for a Homer day trip is to hike through the Alaska wilderness! You can book either a six-hour or eight-hour hike through the Driftwood Inn. The Glacier Family Hike is the six-hour option. This 3.2-mile hike takes guests from the Homer Spit to Grewingk Glacier Lake to embark on an easy, self-guided hike suitable for families. The Halibut Cove Triangle hike, the eight-hour option, takes guests across the Kachemak Bay via a water taxi to Glacier Lake Trailhead for a self-guided hike. Here, you view a variety of marine life from puffins to whales! Check out our customized sightseeing and guided hike with Captain Glenn.
4. Bishop’s Beach
While Homer features a lot of exciting things to do like charters and tours, you don’t have to board a water taxi or plane to enjoy the natural beauty of this area. Many of the Driftwood Inn’s accommodations are located within walking distance of Bishop’s Beach, which is a great place to enjoy spectacular views, explore tide pools, or go beachcombing. You can also access the 1.2-mile Beluga Slough Trail from the beach.
5. Old Town Homer
No trip to our area would be complete without exploring the shops, restaurants, and art galleries along Pioneer Avenue, Main Street and Bunnell Avenue in Old Town Homer! This area is the epicenter of our small town and has everything you need to feel right at home. Start your day with a coffee from one of the local cafes, do some shopping, and swing by the Alaska Islands & Oceans Visitors Center.
Stay With the Driftwood Inn
Everything you need for a quintessential Alaskan getaway awaits at the Driftwood Inn! We offer a variety of comfortable accommodations that are located near the best things to do in Homer, Alaska. Choose from Modern Lodges, Old Town Cottages, Woodside Lodge Suites, Historic Inn Rooms, Tiny Houses, and an RV Park!
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