Getting to Seward, Alaska
Seward Highway is one of the most scenic highways in the country. It
has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the US Department of
Transportation and carries you 126 spectacular miles south from Anchorage
to Seward, Alaska through awe-inspiring mountain vistas.
Give yourself at least 2 ½ hours to make the trip, longer if
you want to take pictures of the remarkable views along the way.
in driving yourself? Seward can also be reached by train via the Alaska
Railroad or by ferry via the Alaska Marine Highway System.
the Town of Seward
the “Gateway to the Kenai
Fjords National Park”, Seward is situated at the head
of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. It has a population of 4,000
with numbers reaching 10,000 during the summer months.
to excellent sport fishing for halibut, silver salmon, and various species
of rockfish, the area offers multiple opportunities for fun and adventure
for non-fishers as well.
activities you might enjoy include glacier and wildlife cruises, kayaking,
and sailing. For the land lubbers in the group, Seward also offers summer
sled dog rides (including with the team of 2004 and 2013 Iditarod Sled Dog Race
Mitch Seavey) and numerous hiking trails, ranging from the
short, easy walk to the face of Exit
Glacier to the strenuous course up the 3022-foot Mount Marathon,
site of a well-known annual July 4th race.
is home to the Alaska
SeaLife Center, a renowned world-class sea life research
and rehabilitation center and a must-see destination for anyone visiting
Seward. The center allows an interactive and personal exposure to a
number of species of marine life, including Steller sea lions, harbor
seals, octopus, and sea birds, including puffins.
Museum highlights the town’s 100-year history, including information
about the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which
did tremendous damage to the area and killed several residents.
also offers many gift shops with unique, one-of-a-kind treasures, many
with marine and nautical themes. Seafood is the highlight at several
local restaurants, with fish fresh off the hook. One downtown restaurant
will even cook up your catch for you.
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