Harborview Inn

804 Third Ave, Seward, Alaska, 99664-1305, United States
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Seward and surrounding area

by firefly2010

Hi to everyone out there that can help me...I will be staying in Seward for 5 days and I am looking for things to do in the surrounding areas. I have a car as well. Looking for kayaking, boat rides, hiking. Want to see wildlife as well. Be there in August. thanxs

Re: Seward and surrounding area

by Roadquill

I like Seward and it is a pretty area, but 5 days is a long time in Seward. You have time to check out the Kenai Peninsula, maybe spend a night in Homer.

Re: Seward and surrounding area

by mikelisaanna

Spend a day taking a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park. The coastal scenery is great, with glaciers mountains coming right down to the sea. You will probably also see a ton a of marine wildlife (sea lions, whales, etc.).

If you are flying in and out of Anchorage, take time to enjoy the drive beween Anchorage and Seward. It is one of the most beautiful drives in the USA.

Feel free to visit our Kenai Fjords page her on Virtual Toutist for more info about the boat tour that we took.

Re: Seward and surrounding area

by karen_mo

I highly recommend the overnight trip to Fox Island on Kenai Fjords NP.. we stayed 2 nights in the (very comfortable) cabins there. (stayed there in June 2008) In the day people turn up for the usual salmon bake but in the evening there was a max of 15 people there and we had our own chef who cooked up some wonderful food. You can hike the island on wonderful trails. The kayak trip from the island allowed us to get up close to otters and eagles, waterfalls,starfish, sunfish, plus orcas in the distance. The beach is made of slate (great for skimming) with beautiful driftwood (leftover from the tsunami) that makes good photos.
To get back to Seward we went on the Northwestern Fjord glacier boat trip - which we were also very lucky to see tons of whales en route (plus sea birds, sealions, seals) - the glacier was stunning.

Just found the link to the 5 day tour we did, so it's still running, though I thought we didn't need so much time in Seward itself...the island and boat trip was enough...

Please contact me if you want to know more about any of the specifics.

happy travels, Karen

Travel Tips for Seward

Back Roads (ie Exit Glacier)

by PA2AKgirl

Exit Glacier is a main attraction of Seward--it's the only part of Kenai Fjords accessible by vehicle. However, this road isn't maintained in the winter so you may feel a bit defeated having come all this way and not being able to drive the road. It is closed, technically. However, you are able to park your car at the gate and showshoe, snowmachine or ski out to the glacier in the winter. Throughout Alaska, the unmaintained roads have the sign you see in the picture and the advice is good--these roads receive the brunt of the fierce winter weather. Depending upon the road's location, there is information regarding the current status, how to access it and when it should open. Information for the Exit Glacier Road can be found at the Kenai Fjords website. Other back roads that aren't gated are marginally maintained but it actually may be easier to drive them when they're still partially frozen. When they thaw, it's usually a muddy mess of potholes.

A must do hike in Seward

by RSeppeler

Climb Mt Marathon to the waterfalls. The walk is easy and the sight of Seward and the small boat harbor is well worth the hike. Take a camera and plenty of film, along with bear spray. Can never be to sure.

Seward Waterfront Park

by AlbuqRay

Seward Waterfront Park is located along Ballaine Boulevard, right on the beach of Resurrection Bay. It has paid camping (tents $8, RV's $12 , utility sites $25). To pay, use the self-registration stations at most campground entrances. It has water and electric sites or dry camping. There is a separate area for tents. There are picnic tables, fire rings, a shower house and restrooms. It is walking distance to the Small Boat Harbor and historic downtown. For more information the phone number is 907-224-4055 and campground@cityofseward.net is the e-mail address.

Besides the camping facilities, a bike path runs the length of the park. The south end of Waterfront Park includes the Alaska Sea Life Center, Founders' Monument, Mile 0 of the historic Iditarod Trail, and the Old Railroad Depot (see separate tips on each). There is also a skateboard park near the south end of the park.

Spend a day cruising in the...

by worldtrekker

Spend a day cruising in the Kenai Fjords National Park! Photo: That's me in early June, 1996 on-board a vessel about to embark on a day cruise into the park. As you can see, it was warm enough for a T-shirt - at least before the boat started moving! Large cruise ships make a stop in Seward as well. There are a few tour operators in town that do day trips into the fjords. I always went with Kenai Fjords Tours and found them to be excellent! They were the original operator in the area and are still the most popular. The captains are experienced naturalists and they will explain a lot about the coastal wilderness and about the animals you encounter. This is a spectacular tour at any time in the summer, but I found that it was even more so in June and July when tens of thousands of seabirds are nesting. This is not something you want to miss if you are in this part of Alaska! Kenai Fjords Tours is located on the boardwalk by the Seward small boat harbor. They also have a location in Downtown Anchorage at 513 West 4th Avenue, near to the Visitor's Log Cabin. (800)478-8068 or (907)224-8068 in Seward, (907) 276-6249 in Anchorage.

State Flag

by PA2AKgirl

I was born in Pennsylvania and lived there most of my life. I know what our flag looks like but I can't tell you why it has 2 horses and is blue. Looking it up, I see there's things on it I had no idea were there. Corn and ships and eagles...there's just too much. But the Alaska state flag--probably one of the most familiar-- is among the nicest flags of the states. (My opinion--don't take offense if you're really in love with your own state flag). The point of all of this is the flag of Alaska has a good story, the design is simple and deserves a monument to the boy that created it. There's even a song about the flag. If you don't know the story, the flag was created by a 13 year old native boy named Benny Benson who lived in Seward at the time. Usually I don't take direct information from other sites when writing my own tips, but his reasoning for creating the flag he did is worth quoting:

"The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear—symbolizing strength."

The monument is located in Seward by the lagoon coming in off the Seward Highway and 2nd Ave.


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Address: 804 Third Ave, Seward, Alaska, 99664-1305, United States