J and I were fortunate enough to be able to experience an exciting and wonderful trip to Alaska back in June! We were there for four days and four nights and had no solid plans when we embarked besides the flights to and from Anchorage and the Airbnb booked for our first evening. Our flight to Anchorage was super delayed and we checked in bleary-eyed to our Airbnb in Anchorage. Our host at the Airbnb was kind enough to recommend a few things for us to do, one of which ended up becoming a highlight of our trip.
Day 1: Our first morning there, we decided to make the drive from Anchorage to Homer, which is about a 5-6 hour drive, but we also wanted to make a stop in Seward on the way. The journey from Anchorage to Seward was absolutely beautiful. It was a bit overcast that day but the views of the water, mountains, clouds, and railroads were breathtaking.
We stopped in Seward where we hunted down an old diner that J's friend had spent time at 30-some-odd years ago. The original diner no longer exists but we were happy to find the location anyways and send a photo.
We stopped at Chinooks (which was highly recommended by the blogger of Gal Meets Glam when she went on her Alaska trip last summer) along the harbor for a bite to eat. It definitely lived up to the rave reviews and we had a dreamy view of the outside.
We made it to Homer pretty late in the evening, but because during the summer there is almost 24 hours of daylight, it still felt quite early. We stayed at the most adorable Airbnb there. It was a tiny little cottage tucked away in a greenhouse, perfectly simple and dreamy.
Day 2: We woke up in our cute greenhouse Airbnb, had a little breakfast and then headed out towards the Homer Spit. The Spit wasn't much but walking on the shores was beautiful and calming in the early morning. We didn't spend much time there as we were headed towards Palmer for the evening.
We went to Anchorage and walked around town for a bit before heading to Palmer where we stayed in the guest rooms above the horse stables at a beautiful ranch with a view of the mountains.
Day 3: We headed on a fun excursion today for a glacier hike on the Matanuska Glacier as well as a rafting trip. I ended up going over twice during the rafting trip, but successfully got back in. The hike was super fun and it was awesome seeing all the beauty Alaska had to offer.
Day 4: We headed from Palmer back to Anchorage to catch our flight after stopping by a lake for one last swim on the trip.