Alaska Excursions

Alaska Excursions

A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.

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In Seldovia Slough beneath the Seldovia Rowing Club Bed & Breakfast, a kayak and two of local boatbuilder Mike Balough's wooden skiffs ride on their running lines during high tide.

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In Seldovia Slough beneath the Seldovia Rowing Club Bed & Breakfast, a kayak and two of local boatbuilder Mike Balough's wooden skiffs ride on their running lines during high tide.

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SELDOVIA: Coastal village highlights history, chain saws.

Tucked away across Kachemak Bay south of Homer, Seldovia is referred to as "Alaska's Best-Kept Secret" by its residents. Fewer than 300 people live in this village, and like many coastal towns in Alaska, it can be reached only by boat or plane. Don't let its remoteness be a deterrent, though; Seldovia's quaint and community-oriented atmosphere is a draw for anyone interested in Native Alaska heritage and a sense of adventure.

It's a 45-minute flight from Anchorage to the Seldovia airport, and ferry service runs from Homer year-round, three days a week. The warmer spring and summer months allow tourists to explore the Otterbahn Trail, walk along Outside Beach, and enjoy the July 4 parade, an event that swells the village to roughly 3,000 people.

The Memorial Day Chainsaw Carving Competition pulls people from around the state. The contest attracts chain saw artists from throughout Alaska; different prizes are awarded each year, and the carvings are kept in Seldovia to add points of interest to the village.

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