Delta offers one-stop flights from Reagan National to Anchorage with early-September fares currently starting at $657 round trip.


Sheraton Hotel and Spa

401 E. Sixth Ave., Anchorage


An attractive and comfortable hotel downtown, within walking distance of several restaurants, stores, parks and the Anchorage Museum. Summer rates from $249 per night.

Homer Ocean House Inn

41751 E. Hill Rd., Homer


A B&B without the breakfast. Rooms offer a stunning view of mountains, glaciers and Kachemak Bay. $199 per night for a single room, $239 for two rooms and $299 for three rooms. There’s also a separate hotel by the bay with more conventional rooms.

Seward Beachside Bungalow

609 Monroe St., Seward

Two-bedroom house rents for $200 a night in the summer. Book online at, by phone at 907-491-3065 or e-mail .


Side Street Espresso

412 G St., Anchorage


Don’t miss this coffee shop, which serves espresso drinks, cookies and savory treats along with free hot chocolate and milk steamers for kids. Bagels $1.50, pastries $3, quiches $4.50. Cash and in-state checks only.

Bear Tooth Grill

1230 W. 27th Ave., Anchorage


Excellent food and beer, with a cheerful and tolerant staff. Dinner entrees are $13 to $22, and there’s a kids’ menu.

Two Sisters Bakery

233 E. Bunnell Ave., Homer


Great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dinner entrees $17 to $21.

Mermaid Cafe

3487 Main St., Homer


Offers excellent and slightly more elegant food, at higher prices. Dinner entrees $28 to $32.

The Sea Bean

225 Fourth Ave., Seward


The best cafe in Seward, this coffee shop offers excellent loose tea as well as good vegan cupcakes, along with free WiFi. Sandwiches $9.95, baked goods $3 to $5.

Alaska Nellie’s Roadhouse

203 Fourth Ave., Seward


The fish and chips, at $24 for halibut and $17 for rockfish, are overpriced and a bit soggy, but the live music is a nice touch. Dinner entrees $16 to $26.


Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlett St., Homer


Excellent for kids, especially those of elementary-school age. Mid-May through mid-September, daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mid-September through mid-May, Tuesday-Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and all of January. Adults $8, seniors $6, ages 6-18 $4, younger than 6 free. Family rate $25.

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Highway, Homer


Hours: May 26 through Sept. 2, daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3 to Sept. 22, Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 23 through May 6, Tuesday-Saturday noon to 5 p.m. May 7-25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free.

Seavey’s Ididaride

Old Exit Glacier Road, Seward


A summer 90-minute sled ride and kennel tour is $69 for adults, $34.50 for children. Tours at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Kenai Fjords Tours

1304 Fourth Ave., Seward


Offers a variety of wildlife tours. Prices depend on length of tour and what meal is served, but run between $64 and $94 for adults and $34 and $47 for kids 2-11 (younger than 2 free) for a half-day tour.

Alaska SeaLife Center

301 Railway Ave., Seward


A great place to visit with kids. Summer hours (May 12-Sept. 16): Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Winter hours (Sept. 19-May 11): daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $20, students $15, ages 4-11 $10, 3 and younger free.