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Old 04-15-2016, 11:51 AM
 
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Anyone who thinks "meh" when the hit the overlook before dropping into Homer better check their pulse and make sure they still have one! It's a breathtaking view of kachemak bay.
I agree, the drive to and from Seward is much more scenic. On the way to Homer, the area around Cooper Landing is gorgeous, but then the drive to Homer gets much less interesting. But we see a LOT more moose along it, so that's a plus, especially if you can do it early morning.
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Old 04-15-2016, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Canada
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The drive to Seward, and Seward itself, is much more scenic than the drive to Homer, and in particular Homer itself. Once you pass Skilak loop road on the Sterling Hwy, it is 2 hours of same ol' same ol' boring black spruce and poplar covered flat land until Homer, then a big "Meh" when you arrive.
Thanks AK76!

Really? Homer is a big Meh? I think someone on CD told me it "wasn't to be missed" and by this web page it sounds amazing. | WELCOME TO HOMER, ALASKA! | Homer Chamber of Commerce

I'd rather not drive to it then if it isn't worth it. Since I have no clue since I've never been there, I have to go on what web pages or locals say...



woops, just saw your post MN man. So you say it's beautiful.

Hmm? Anyone else care to share their thoughts about Homer?
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Old 04-15-2016, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Kenai Peninsula, AK
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Homer is beautiful. The drive from Cooper Landing to Homer goes through mostly flat lands, but it's still interesting (at least to me). There's a few interesting stop-off points, including Kenai's Orthodox Church (~10 miles off the highway), Soldotna's Homestead Museum, Kasilof Mercantile, Ninilchik's Orthodox Church and old town, Anchor Point Beach / Anchor River State Recreation Area, Samovar Cafe in Nikolaevsk (reservations required), and Anchor Point itself has a few interesting little junk shops and a couple restaurants.

If I were visiting Homer or Seward, I would pick Homer. But it's a much further drive from Anchorage than Seward.
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Old 04-15-2016, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Don't forget the Sea Life center in Seward. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and depends on the weather. If it is raining cats and dogs there isn't much to see. The view overlooking Homer is fantastic on a clear day!
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Old 04-15-2016, 03:57 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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Homer's scenery is definitely beautiful, but in my own very subjective opinion it's not particularly uniquely so, if that makes any sense. The scenery toward Seward and through the Prince William Sound is more distinctively Alaskan to me.
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Old 04-15-2016, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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I suppose it would all look beautiful if you were from Kansas.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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Anyone who thinks "meh" when the hit the overlook before dropping into Homer better check their pulse and make sure they still have one! It's a breathtaking view of kachemak bay.
I agree, the drive to and from Seward is much more scenic. On the way to Homer, the area around Cooper Landing is gorgeous, but then the drive to Homer gets much less interesting. But we see a LOT more moose along it, so that's a plus, especially if you can do it early morning.
My pulse is fine, thank you. It does not matter how many times I have been to Homer in the 40+ years that I have lived in Alaska, Homer is still one of the least spectacular places I have been to in Alaska, and that includes my time commercial fishing out of that port.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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Thanks AK76!

Really? Homer is a big Meh? I think someone on CD told me it "wasn't to be missed" and by this web page it sounds amazing. | WELCOME TO HOMER, ALASKA! | Homer Chamber of Commerce

I'd rather not drive to it then if it isn't worth it. Since I have no clue since I've never been there, I have to go on what web pages or locals say...



woops, just saw your post MN man. So you say it's beautiful.

Hmm? Anyone else care to share their thoughts about Homer?
Many find Homer appealing, I NEVER have and many, also, do not. I truly do not find it very scenic, however, keep in mind that I have been here for 40+ years and have been to many more places than a tourist can ever go. But, between Seward and Homer it is a no brainer - Seward and the drive to it is hands down far more scenic than Homer.

What I think would really be a big payoff for you is, rather than spend the time going to Homer, spend that time taking a day cruise out of Seward, or especially Whittier into Prince William Sound. PWS is absolutely stunning!
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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I suppose it would all look beautiful if you were from Kansas.
Kansas is beautiful, if you love the plains. I do.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:23 PM
 
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Homer is definitely my favorite, over Seward and I think the drive to Homer is very beautiful and there are not many sights as spectacular as when the road bends and the Homer Spit is right in front of you. It's just spectacular. I also prefer the small town feel of Homer and its quirkiness over Seward, but that's just me.
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