Seward, Alaska is a hot stop in a cool place. If you are planning to travel to Alaska try to fit in a trip to the sea faring town of Seward. The scenery is spectacular and the people are warm and friendly.
The town was named for Frederick Seward. He was the Secretary of State who arranged for the purchase of Alaska from Russia just after the end of the Civil War. From Anchorage, this coastal town is easy to find. Take AK-1/Seward Highway out of Anchorage. Eventually, the highway will fork. Stay on the Seward Highway. Stop before you hit the water. The trip takes just over 3 hours in good weather.
Seward is a beautiful coastal town with lots to do and see. The town is on the Kenai Peninsula and sits on Resurrection Bay. One of the tourist slogans is “gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park”. It can be reached by air, car, rail or bus. Like most of Alaska, there are lots of outdoor activities to keep you hopping. But don’t overlook the museums, Kenai Fjords Visitor Center or Tourist Information center.
Some of the attractions that we found interesting were:
There are several campgrounds which are run by the city. You can pitch your tent or pull your RV right onto the beach of Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska! The kids will remember it forever. No doubt mom and dad will too. Tents are only $10 per night but spots with electricity are available for $30 (as of July 2009). The campground hosts will be glad to get you registered. Reservations are not accepted. Spots are on a first come, first served basis.
Don’t worry if camping isn’t your thing. There are several motels, cabins, lodges and a hostel. Check out the City of Seward website for more information by clicking here.
Kenai Fjords Exit Glacier
The Exit Glacier is part of Kenai Fjords National Park. Here the rangers can lead you on a walk or you can visit the bookstore and gift shop in the visitor center. It is the only part that’s accessible by car. We heard that it can be a real challenge to get to in the winter but during the summer the paved road is open. It’s a beautiful hike that takes you pretty close to an actual glacier. Not close enough to touch but you’ll get a good view.
Alaska Sea Life Center
The Alaska Sea Life Center is Seward gets you up close and personal with a variety of sea creatures. There are many different kinds of marine life on display. It is a little pricey at $20 per adult. Kids age 12-17 (with ID) are $15 per person, kids age 4-11 are $10 each with no charge for kids under age 3. The hours vary by season. Click the link above for details.
Seward Tsunami Memorial
On the waterfront in Seward stands a memorial to the lives that were lost during the 1964 tsunami of Prince William Sound. Most of the waterfront was destroyed because of the Tsunami and the result was lost lives and millions of dollars of ruined property.
Seward, Alaska is a city of wonder and vast beauty. Other activities that are offered include the chance to charter a fishing boat, to flightseeing, take a day cruise, whalewatching or hiking plus shopping and dining.
This town and the area around it are what visitors of think of when they dream of seeing Alaska. It may be off of the beaten path but it is well worth the journey.
For photos of Seward, Alaska click here.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Alaska Sea Life Center
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