Sterling Highway ~ Alaska On Your Own ~ Part II

Thursday Trek ~ Sterling Highway

Going back to the “Y” off of The Seward Highway, it’s time to travel the Sterling Highway. We’re continuing from a previous post on the Seward Highway of Alaska.  If you missed it, GO HERE first. Two sections are designated as Alaska State Scenic Byways along this road. One hundred forty-two miles to Homer with many possible stops along the way.

If you’re looking for world-class fishing, the lakes, and rivers along the North segment should keep you happy for a long time.  Just a short drive further south and we’ll end up in an area called Cooper Landing. The Historical Society Museum contains two buildings and is a great place to learn about the area’s history. Gas, food, lodging and camping are also available here.

Sterling Highway

Cooper Landing Historical Museum (photo from Cooper Landing Museum)

About halfway through the Sterling Highway brings us to Soldotna and every convenience we thought we were missing.  A bustling community at a crossroads of the Sterling and Kenai Spur Highways provides services including malls, a hospital, banks, and golf courses!

Sterling Highway

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (photo from Kenai National Wildlife Refuge website)

A bit on down the road is the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and its’ Visitor Center.  Soon we’ll see scenic overlooks, river views and keep eyes peeled for four volcanoes across the Cook Inlet.  We’ll come to Anchor Point, rest areas with vantage point/photo ops of Homer Spit and Kachemak Bay.  Then the road will bring us into Homer.  A must see in this town will be the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.  Population around 5000 means this town has every comfort you could need.  I would want to stay at least a night here so I could enjoy hiking, shopping local wares, and of course take a million photos.

The camping along this highway and Seward Highway alone seems to warrant renting an RV.  Do your grocery shopping in Anchorage before you leave town and you could have the majority of your meals covered.  That could offset some of the costs involved in the rental of an RV over a car.  Keep in mind, just about everything is brought into Alaska, so pricing is pretty high.  I noticed on a menu in Anchorage, a burger and fries will run $11 to $13 compared to the $8 or $9 I pay here in Texas.

Sterling Highway

Homer Alaska (photo from Travel Alaska website)

The Sterling and Seward Highways out of Anchorage will give a picturesque tour of the accessible southern portion of Alaska. I would allow at least three nights.

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