Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak
Day 1 Anchorage
Start your Alaska-sized adventure in Anchorage. Take a tour of Lake Hood Seaplane Base and the nearby Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum to learn about the pioneer aviators of Alaska. From Lake Hood, take a flightseeing tour high above the Chugach Range to a nearby glacier, private fishing spot or to catch a glimpse of Mount McKinley, visible hundreds of miles to the south on a clear day. Several tour operators in town also offer ice climbing and glacier trekking excursions. Take a break at one of Anchorage’s various brewpubs or fine dining establishments for dinner, and taste-test some of the state’s delicious handcrafted brews.
Day 2 Homer
Fly via regional air carrier to Homer, which boasts a stunning location in Kachemak Bay and offers recreation opportunities in the nearby state park of the same name. Homer is also famous for the Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile strip of land extending into the water that is lined with restaurants, gift shops, outfitters, fishing charter operators and other visitor services. Visitors can camp right on the spit or reserve at room at one of Homer’s many hotels, lodges or B&Bs. Explore the bay by day cruise, fishing charter or kayak tour, or take a bear viewing trip to observe some of nature’s most awe-inspiring creatures. Stop in at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer or relax at one of the numerous restaurants and shops downtown.
Day 3 Kodiak
Explore the unspoiled wilderness of the Southwest region with a charter flight or flightseeing trip from Kodiak to Katmai National Park and Preserve on the Alaska Peninsula. About 2,000 brown bears inhabit the park, and the renowned Brooks Camp offers viewing platforms, trails and the national park visitor center. Brooks Camp is strictly regulated with limited access, so make reservations early for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch giant grizzlies scooping salmon out of crashing streams and rivers while newborn cubs frolic nearby. Back in Kodiak, history buffs will enjoy Fort Abercrombie State Park—a naval fort built during World War II. Kodiak is also a renowned fishing destination and offers a multitude of charter-fishing options for travelers intent on reeling in a prize Alaska catch. Fly or take the Alaska Marine Highway ferry back to Homer, or fly direct from Kodiak back to Anchorage.
Wildlife note: Summer months are best for bear viewing, specifically July to September. Bears should be given a healthy amount of respect and distance. Visitors should be aware of bear safety precautions before traveling in Alaska’s bear country.