Alaska Route 1 (AK-1) is a state highway that runs from Homer at the
southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, through Anchorage and all the way
up to Tok (near the Canadian border). Alaska Route 1 must be one of the
most scenic and stunning… Look at those mountains rising up right in
front of you! Check out the color of that river water! There’s a whole
moose family! Wow, Kachemak Bay!
In this 1-minute video, I’m showing you glimpses of the changing
landscape on the drive south from Anchorage to Homer, covering the
entire Kenai Peninsula. The drive took place in late June.
A little road trip trivia: I was in Alaska this summer to film Tessa Drais in Homer for my documentary All’s Well and Fair.
She has been part of the project, which I film every 10 years, since
she was 7 years old and living in Florida – she is now 27. Scott was
along on the trip for some Alaska fly-fishing.
We were told the
220-mile drive from Anchorage to Homer would take about 4 hours – but
that we should plan on 6 to 8 hours because we would want to stop so
many times to gaze at the stunning nature; from Turnagain Arm just
outside of Anchorage, to all the rivers (like the Kenai, the Kasilof and
Cooper Creek…) and one amazing green mountain vista after the other.
Of course, it did take us way longer than 4 hours to get to Homer. Once
there, we heard rumors that locals can make that drive back up to
Anchorage in just two hours… possibly taking some backroads. Hm… I
don’t know about that. Seems like Alaska Route 1 is the only way to get
from Homer to Anchorage and back in a car… officially anyway…
The song in this video is “Heading West” by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He has made this and many wonderful songs available via a Creative Commons license. Thank you again and again, Jason!
|Turnagain Arm seen from Alaska Route 1 – just outside of Anchorage, Alaska