We drove from Anchorage to Homer and back, staying entirely on the main road. The drive is indeed gorgeous south of Anchorage along the inlet and then down through the mountains to about Cooper's Landing -- wonderful, jagged, young-looking mountains much greener than we see on the lower west coast, occasional glimpses of glaciers. Beyond Cooper's, though, it can be pretty uninteresting for a couple of hours until you reach that stunning view across the water from Homer. That stretch starts with a wall of birch and conifer trees that cut off the view and then melts into a gently rolling landscape covered with short, thin conifers on a road that only for awhile gives you a glimpse of the sea. We did not take the side roads into any of the lakes, and would suggest that to anyone who has the time. The Russian Orthodox Church at Ninilchik is worth a detour, and the little town of Anchor Point just north of Homer is refreshingly real after the hippy circus atmosphere of Homer. Keep an eye out for the wonderfully funky little shops along the road, particularly the ones made of logs. Cooper's Landing museum is great fun, by the way. We enjoyed the peninsula but we're not as blown away by its beauty as we expected to be.
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