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    Homer, 200 miles south of Anchorage, on the shore of stunning Kachemak Bay on the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula is known at the Halibut fishing capital of the world.

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    A home base for great fishing, kayaking, bear viewing, hiking, foodie and art vacations, Homer is quickly becoming known as the Eco and Adventure tourism capital of Alaska.

    The Homer Spit features the longest road into ocean waters in the world, and was named one of the best 100 beaches in the United States for its incredible views and variety of wildlife along the 4.5 mile multi-use trail that runs from its base to its tip. And just across the Bay, less than 10 miles from the Spit, is the state's only designated wilderness park. Local water taxis specialize in bringing outdoor lovers to the trailheads in the park.

    While Homer’s jaw-dropping scenery; snow-capped mountains, the glistening waters of Kachemak Bay, the icy blue hues of glaciers might be the first thing visitors notice, it will be Homer’s charm that prompts them to return.

    Downtown Homer is strung along Pioneer Avenue on a sloping hill between high bluffs to the north and Kachemak Bay to the south. Between the excellent museum, restaurants and art galleries, great scenery and interesting side trips to the other side of Kachemak Bay, you could easily spend a week.

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    • Top Tip 1

      From Girdwood, take an Alpine Air helicopter sightseeing trip over the Chugach Mountain range and land on a glacier.

    • Top Tip 2

      Visit the Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward. It's a marine mammal rehabilitation facility where you'll view sea-birds, octopus and sea lions and learn about the work of the centre’s ocean scientists.

    • Top Tip 3

      Take a day cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park to view the magnificent glaciers and abundant wildlife.

    • Top Tip 4

      Alaska is mecca for fishermen worldwide. Try your hand at fly, salt or freshwater fishing and even ice-fishing.

    • Top Tip 5

      Take a float plane ride from Anchorage to Kodiak Island to see the owners of the island, the half ton Brown Bear!

    • Top Tip 6

      The best time to see the Northern Lights in Fairbanks is between November and April. It’s darkest during these months so the viewing is better.

    • Top Tip 7

      Make sure you visit Denali National Park. Private vehicles aren't allowed in the park so either take a day excursion or, better still, stay in one of the lodges within the park.

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