3 Days in Homer, Alaska: A Guide from your KOA Hosts

3 Days in Homer, Alaska: A Guide from your KOA Hosts

In many people's minds, Homer is the most beautiful place in the world. Come and enjoy the breathtaking views, adventures and Alaska at its finest. Homer is 4-6 hours from Anchorage, depending on the time of year. It is at the end of the road, or for the optimist, it is the beginning of the road. The drive to Homer has breathtaking views along the way. When you arrive at the Homer / Baycrest KOA, you will enjoy relaxing from the drive while looking over the mouth of Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet. 

You can see active volcanoes from the park, fishing boats and wildlife. Enjoy local dining in town, where the chefs prepare local seafood along with other favorites. Our Winery, meadery and breweries are a nice touch to end the evening with, around your campfire or looking out the window at the beauty surrounding you.

Day 1: Choose From Top Homer Outdoor Experiences


Homer has many outdoor activities. A half mile from the park is the Homestead Trail for hiking. A mile and a half down the road is the Diamond Creek Trail (while not for the faint of heart or bad knees). This trail is steep but will take you to the beach. Some more adventurous hikes require visitors to take a water taxi across the bay to Kachemak Bay State Park, home of the stunning Grewingk Glacier and Grewingk Glacier Lake. You may even see some bears. For those who enjoy climbing steep mountains, Grace Ridge Trail is a day hike up and down. Beautiful but very challenging.

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has digital trail maps available on its website

Seldovia Bay

Directly across the bay from the park, you can see Seldovia Bay, which is a fun day adventure on the Seldovia Ferry. Walk around and enjoy this quaint fishing town. The “Danny J”, takes you across the bay to enjoy Halibut Cove, which has a unique seafood restaurant and local art shop..

Fishing, Four-wheeling, and More

There is no shortage of incredible fishing opportunities. Halibut and salmon are among the choice species. Homer has several four-wheeling tours that get you into the backcountry with its amazing flowers and maybe wildlife.

Bear viewing across the inlet is available at Beluga Lake. Sightseeing is also available by floatplane and wheeled planes. Wonderful views of Alaska from a small plane.

There are horseback rides available also.


Day 2: Key Cultural Picks

The Pratt Museum has many historical artifacts and topics of interest around Kachemak Bay.

Islands and Oceans Visitor Center houses the National Wildlife Refuge staff along with a great display of Coastal Alaska and migrating birds. They also have a WW2 display of what happened in the Aleutian Islands.

Norman Lowell Gallery is a collection of Alaska art and the work of one man who utilized five different mediums. See his original homestead. This is a must-do cultural excursion!  

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies has an educational component with the ecology, land, fisheries, flowers, and tidal life.

Homer is brimming with art and culture (including culinary arts!). 

View our Photo Album featuring images from Normal Lowell Gallery and Pratt Museum

Day 3: Uniquely Homer

The Homer Spit

The Homer Spit is a 1.5-mile-long skinny peninsula that juts into the bay. This interesting geographic feature is also a tourist attraction and includes a large harbor, shops, restaurants and beach. Parking can be tight in July, but it is a fun way to spend the day. (All the adventures across the bay take off from the Homer harbor).

The Fishing Hole on the Homer Spit is stocked with King and Silver Salmon. This is a great place to take your kids fishing. On low tides, to see unique sea creatures, the spit offers great tide pooling.  A campfire on a beach is also fun. 

There are many things to do in Homer. It’s hard to list them all. Check out the Chamber website to see all the other activities available.

Local Tip

We are a five-generation Homer family. We love our outdoors and the activities listed above are all things we participate in. Be sure and bring layers of clothing and be ready to adventure or just relax in the beauty of the creation around you.

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