Getting Here…..It’s Just the Beginning
The drive to Homer is regarded as one of the most spectacular drives in Alaska and in North America. It winds along the coast through a mountain pass, traversing a state park, a National Forrest, a Moose Preserve, and other notable landmarks. As you approach Homer, the snow capped mountains of the Alaska Range loom to the west, with 12,000 ft. volcanic Mt. Redoubt, Mt. Illiamna and the smaller St. Augustine standing guard.
Land’s End Resort, located in Homer at the end of the renowned Homer Spit, can be reached by air or by road, and both means of transportation afford a view of the best Alaska has to offer. As you approach the Kenai-mountain rimmed shores of Kachemak Bay, the setting is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
By road, you will have an approximately 4.5-5 hour drive starting from Anchorage heading South on the Seward Highway, but we recommend you invest 5.5-6 hours as you will be driving on nationally designated Scenic Byway for nearly 70% of your drive to Homer. Take the Seward Highway south for approximately 90 miles to the “cut-off” at Tern Lake (A scenic rest-spot teeming with birds and wildlife). Here, take the exit right on the Sterling Highway to Kenai and Homer (but this exit takes you around Tern Lake).
Once on the Sterling Highway, you will arrive at our doorstep at the “End of the Road” without having to turn or get off the highway ( the name will change to Homer By-Pass and then to Homer Spit Road) but we recommend you make a few stops to enjoy the scenery. On the Sterling Highway, you will see many landmarks and inspiring views including the Russian River, Cooper Landing, the Skilak Lake system, the world famous Kenai River as you travel through Soldotna. Be sure to pull-out at the lookout at the top of Baycrest Hill just as you enter Homer! As you proceed out the Homer Spit Road you will be surrounded on both sides by Kachemak Bay, a salt water extension of Cook Inlet.
The daily flights from Anchorage to Homer have a duration of approximately 45 minutes to travel the approximately 110 mile trip. You will fly over Cook Inlet and though your pilot may choose among several routes into Homer, each provides excellent viewing of the Kenai Mountains and eventually beautiful Kachemak Bay and the Homer Spit. At the airport, you can rent a car, or catch a taxi, which will be waiting outside, to drive the 4.5 mile Homer Spit road to our doorstep.