Welcome to Homer

Hearing travelers’ tales, you half expect to find lotus-eaters and mermaids lounging about. At first, though, Homer’s appeal isn't evident. It sprawls and is choked with tourists, it lacks legendary hikes and it has a windswept waterfront that makes kayaking a slog. And then there’s the Homer Spit – a tourist trap you may love to hate.

Stick around, however, and Homer will make you a believer. For one thing, there’s that panorama, and the promise that it holds. And the vibe: the town is a magnet for radicals, artists and folks disillusioned with mainstream society, who’ve formed a critical mass here, dreaming up a sort of utopian vision for their city, and striving – with grins on their faces – to enact it.

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$725 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Classic Bear Viewing Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Scenic Bear ViewingAt the meeting time, given the day before, we meet at 3636 Faa rd Hangar #7. At the hangar we will fit you for waders, show where we are going on a map and complete the aircraft safety briefings. We will go to Lake Clark NP or Katmai NP not both. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Lake Clark National Park and PreserveAt Lake Clark or Katmai. In Lake Clark NP, we land on the beach at Silver Salmon Creek or Chinitna Bay. Walk to where the bears are, observe and take photos, eat our lunch. On the way back we normally do a flight-see over glaciers and volcanos, weather permitting. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Katmai LodgeWe go to Lake Clark or Katmai National Park. Land on the beach at Hallo Bay. Fully guided walking tour to where the bears are. Observe and take photos. Eat our lunch and we normally do a longer flight-see on the the way back to Homer.Duration: 7 hours

$6400 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Full-Day Sightseeing and Bear Watching Trip

Meet your guide at the Homer airport for your departure. Sign a waiver and listen to the safety briefing before taking to the skies on a 45-90 minute flight depending on which national park you visit. Visit Katmai or Lake Clark National park, depending on the conditions and where bears have been spotted. Land on the beach at the park and walk one to two miles from the beach to a vantage point to observe the bears in their natural habitat. Watch them play, mate, eat, and fish in their natural habitat. After about three hours observing the bears, board the plane and take off to another location for more observations. The tour concludes back at the Homer airport.

$695 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Alaska Bear-Viewing Day Trip from Homer

Board a Bush Plane at Homer Alaska Airport for a small-group trip to Katmai National Park & Preserve or Lake Clark National Park (depending on weather and Bear activity), both of which offer unparalleled bear-viewing opportunities. The exact location will change throughout the season as Alaska's coastal brown bears follow their food source, which moves from sedge meadows and clamming in the spring to chasing wild salmon later in the summer. Fly past glaciers and volcanoes en route to your destination  Upon landing, prepare to hike up to 3 miles (4.8 km) over uneven, soft, or muddy terrain to  views of grizzlies roaming and hunting for food in their natural environment — sightings guaranteed.  You'll spend approximately 3 hours on the ground in this wild bear habitat and learn from your guide about safe viewing practices along the way. Then hop back aboard your aircraft for the return flight to your starting point. Please note: fish products and bear spray of any kind are prohibited on this tour.

$680 Outdoor Activities

Alaska Bear Country Day Trip to Katmai or Lake Clark by Airplane

Looking for an amazing wilderness experience with wild Alaskan brown bears? You’ll get one on this 6-hour tour to one of the most astonishing places in Alaska. From the airport in Homer, you’ll fly in a small 6-seater plane over rugged coastline dotted with glaciers and volcanoes on the way to either Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park. It takes up to 1.5 hours to reach Katmai and up to 45 minutes to reach Lake Clark, depending on weather conditions.When your plane lands, you’ll be in the middle of the world’s largest population concentration of brown bears! Your guide will give a safety briefing and tips for interacting with the bears before setting out.Follow your guide along the same trails and riverbanks that the bears call home. Be amazed as you watch bears grazing on sedge grass, playing together, digging up clams, fishing, courting and mating. No barriers, fences or platforms separate you from the bears and other wildlife on this truly wild tour. You might spot wolves, foxes, harbor seals, sea otters, eagles and many other birds during the outing. The tour provides an amazing wildlife experience for photographers, naturalists, national-park enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys spending time in a beautiful wild environment. You must be able to walk at an easy to moderate pace for three miles in three hours on mostly level terrain. It is recommended to bring an energy-boosting snack to eat during the tour. Due to the sensitive environment, fish products are not allowed and meat products are discouraged. You’ll want to carry a well-equipped day pack with necessities such as binoculars; camera and extra battery/memory card; insect repellent; sunscreen, hat and sunglasses; water bottle and warm waterproof clothing. Please see Additional Info for more details.

$3899 Classic

Highlights of Alaska

A vast, rugged land of jaw-dropping beauty and abundant wildlife, Alaska remains America’s last truly unconquered frontier. Up to the challenge? This 15-day adventure will put you in touch with one massive state more than you’d imagined possible, mixing hotel stays with cabins typical of the Alaskan frontier. Along the way, you’ll sample amazingly fresh seafood in Anchorage, hike Denali National Park, investigate glaciers, and be blown away by the awesome majesty of your surroundings. Prepare to have your horizons expanded tenfold.


Alaska Active Escape

Alaska – so raw, vast, and far-out it may as well be its very own planet. This adventure lets hardy travellers explore an exotic foreign world without ever leaving Earth, affording visitors a hands-on appreciation for the land (and sea and air) via kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking, and wildlife-spotting. Trek the Kenai Peninsula, get an all-access look at the Alaskan Sealife Center, and experience the rugged frontier spirit of Anchorage by day, then tuck yourself away in a cozy hotel by night.