Web posted Saturday, April 20, 2002

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Homer, Alaska Where is it and how do you get there?

Homer is a small, maritime community on the shores of Kachemak Bay, located at the southwest end of the Kenai Peninsula where Cook Inlet meets the Gulf of Alaska.

As the bird flies, Homer is 105 miles from Anchorage -- a 45-minute flight by commercial air carrier. Era Aviation (800-866-8394 or through Alaska Airlines at 800-426-0333) has the only regularly scheduled service to Homer year-round.

Homer also is a port of call for the Alaska Marine Highway System during all but the coldest months. For reservations or information, call (800) 382-9229. While in Homer, the office number is 235-8449.

The most scenic route to Homer by far, however, is found by driving south from Anchorage on the Seward Highway -- a Designated National Forest Scenic Byway -- and then on the Sterling Highway. It's a a visual feast, covering 225 miles of highway through mountains, spruce forest and coastline. The drive takes four to five hours on dry roads, but provides views that anywhere else would qualify as a national park.

While in Homer, you'll find that Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Seldovia, Halibut Cove and other communities are just minutes away by land, air or water.

Welcome to Homer, and enjoy your stay.