Seward Travel Guide

  • A mural at Seward showing the Iditerod Dog Race!
    A mural at Seward showing the Iditerod...
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    Thorn's Showcase Lounge
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Seward Highlights

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    PA2AKgirl says…

     A wonderful escape from the city life of Anchorage 

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    jumpingnorman says…

     Wind was cold and choppy in some areas 

  • In a nutshell
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     They called the Alaska purchase "Seward's Folly". This town is a fitting tribute to Mr. Seward's vision. 

Seward Things to Do

  • Kenai Fjords - Exit Glacier

    Exit Glacier is one of only a few Alaskan glaciers accessible by road. The road is closed about 2 miles from the Glacier in the winter/spring and the closed road is unplowed so it's a tough hike through snow. Also, beware as this is bear country.

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  • Kenai Fjords Cruise

    Most of the park is only acessible by water making a cruise an excellent way of seeing the park. The cruise ranges from $40-$100 and can be either half or full day.

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  • Cruise Resurrection Bay

    It takes all day to drive up to Seward and cruise around Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound from Anchorage. But it is a nice trip and you'll probably see things like whales and birds and weather.

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  • Coastal Trail (2)

    I hiked the coastal trail on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon in May, 2002. I left my car in Lowell Point, and checked the tide table at Miller's Landing. Miller's is the biggest tour shop in Lowell Point (see website below). They rent kayaks, provide water taxi, charter boats, and all kinds of tours. They were very helpful to me. Realizing there's not...

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  • Take a tour in Seward before the train...

    Try a 3hr cruise with Renown Tours. The tour is awesome! We saw many different types of wildlife including humpback and two pods of Orcas. The rugged coastline is gorgeous! We've taken the exact trip that you are describing twice. Both times we did 3hr. wildlife tours and have been very, very happy. You will get back in plenty of time to do a...

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  • Alaska Sea Life Center

    You can’t miss this nice aquarium located near Resurrection Bay when you are driving in the town of Seward. The admission is only $20 for adults, students 12-17 pay $15 and kids 4-11 pay only $10. The building is impressive and promises to show you the wonderful sealife found at the Gulf of Alaska --- so expect to see the Steller Sea Lion swimming...

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Seward Restaurants

  • Awesome halibut!

    It's like walking back in time with the red leather booths, Open year around for over 50 years. Has the largest Jim Beam decanter collection in the Americas. The halibut is awesome. I love checking out the daily specials and I can't pass on crab stuffed halibut. Their steaks and ribs are also very good. You get your $$ worth in serving size.

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  • Don't Be Afraid of the Halibut Butts

    If you find yourself in downtown Seward and you're hankering for some local flavor, head on over to Thorn's Showcase Lounge. Inside these doors you'll feel like you walked back in time. It's got the feel of a saloon and don't expect health food here. But if you want to hang with the locals, knock back a few and nosh on some comfort food, you've...

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  • The Crabpot

    The outside of the building is very non-descript. Inside is a bit nicer but again not fancy. Plays alot of 50's style music(Frank Sinatra and others like him). I actually liked the music as something to eat to. This place met the standard for the town of being slower in service. We went early(4:45 PM) and the getting drinks and bread. Personally...

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Seward Transportation

  • Take the Bus

    If driving yourself doesn't appeal to you there is daily bus service between Anchorage and Seward on the Alaska Park Connection (they actually run between Denali, Anchorage and Seward. During the summer they depart Seward at 10:45AM and 06:30PM at a cost of $54 each (kids half off)

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  • Alaska Cruise Transfers and Tours

    We have taken a local shuttle transportation company from Anchorage to Seward to get to our cruise ship. They were wonderful and we definately recommend to use them for your cruise transportation. The price was very affordable $38 per person and as a group of 10 we received 10% discount, which was $35 per person (cruise line charges $75 for the...

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  • Old Downtown Railroad Depot

    In 1903, Alaska Central Railway built the first railroad in Alaska starting in Seward and then north 51 miles to Spencer, which was located 13 miles south of Portage. Alaska Central Railway went bankrupt in 1907 and was reorganized as the Alaska Northern Railway Company in 1910. The new company extended the track 21 miles to Kern Creek (just south...

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Seward Shopping

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  • Shopping at Seward

    There are several little stores to shop at in Seward, but my sister and I really enjopyed going through the discounted prices at the small souvenir shop and gift store beside Breeze Inn.I got shirts on Alaska for just $3! Wow, can't beat that. They also have several items for kids but they were not on-sale. The cashier however was on her first day...

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  • The Train Wreck Mini-Mall

    The Train Wreck Mini-Mall is made of four World War II railroad troop cars. It used to be called the Harbor Train Station. The Train Wreck is located near the Alaska Railroad station and the Holiday Inn Express. It is also pretty close to the cruise ship dock. Businesses include the Smoke Shack (BBQ, vegetarian, homemade pies), Alyeska Mountain...

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Seward Local Customs

  • The Iditerod

    The first time I heard about the Iditerod was when my friend Monal Lisa was inviting me to go and see her in Alaska where she was then a travelling doctor. She said it was cold, but if I visited her, it meant I was her friend!Okay, so off I went and I tagged my sister along! And in Seward which is about a two hour smooth curvy drive from Anchorage,...

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  • 4th of July

    If you are going to be in Alaska for the 4th of July, you'll find you have a big decison to make: where to spend the holiday. Anchorage has fireworks and celebrations, Sitka has a parade with their one horse (at least they had one horse when I was there) and I'm sure every other city or little town has something unique as well. But if you want to...

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  • ~A Seasonal event held each year~

    Every 4th of July, the locals sign up for a marathon (steep) race up and down "Mount Marathon" which overlooks the small town's boat harbor. This special day is celebrated as one of Seward's big events of the year (July 4th).We were lucky enough to witness this traditional happening - during our trip and found it to be amazing to see!

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Seward Warnings and Dangers

  • Tsunamis in Seward

    The USC Tsunami Research Group tells us that Seward was one of the areas hit hardest by the 1964 Good Friday tsunami. The shaking of the earthquake caused the Seward waterfront to collapse into the Bay, generating a 30-foot local tsunami. The tsunami destroyed most of the facilities near the waterfront, including a fuel tank farm, which started the...

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  • Choppy Waters

    If you're going out on a boat and not used to be on Alaskan waters, please take motion sickness pills if there's even a small chance you get seasick. It will make your trip to see whales, glaciers and wildlife much more enjoyable. I'm not just saying this for you, but for the rest of us who have to be on that boat with you. We went on a whale...

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  • Tsunamis - a real danger

    There are tsunami warning signs around town along the coast. Alaska is geologically active and an earthquake that lasts for 30 seconds or more could cause a giant tidal wave in the area. Even earthquakes far out in the Pacific could generate tidal waves that could reach Seward's shores.The 1964 earthquake produced local 30ft. waves and later tidal...

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Seward Tourist Traps

  • Godwin Dog Sled Tours: alert, they are...

    We had a reservation for 2 for a helicopter flight followed by a Dog Sled Tour on Godwin Glacier (Seward, AK) for the 2nd of August 2010, paid in advance by VISA ($ 900.00). The Tour was cancelled because of the weather. The owner assured us he would refund our money on our VISA Card. We didn’t get our money back and we tried to reach them by...

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  • The Alaska Sealife Center, Seward, AK

    OK, back when I first started these pages, I put the Alaska Sealife Center down as a tourist trap. Today in retrospect, as I finally finish writing the pages (ten years after our trip to Alaska), I am feel pangs of guilt. Tourist trap MAY be a little harsh. It's more of a statement that it's over-rated. Perhaps having visited worldclass aquariums...

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Seward What to Pack

  • Typical Alaskan Gear

    No matter when you visit, bring layers of clothing. It probably won't be very warm but it definitely can be cold. Waterproof gear is the best...also good hiking boots or shoes that you don't mind getting muddy and have good traction for standing on the boats. There's a Helly Hansen store at the harbor and other places to buy gear in town should...

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  • Packing List

    make sure everything, including backpacks and totes, is waterproof because it will get wet. definitely wear layers. Fleece is great when it gets cold and it dries quickly. Make sure to pack a windbreaker preferably with a hood and either rain or fleece pants and waterproof hiking shoes.

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    Even in the summer, Seward can be chilly...meaning, you would benefit greatly from 'layering'. In the morning down near the docks, you can get a cool breeze off the bay, but once the sun peaks out, it warms up quite nicely. Lots of film, this town has some beautiful sights, the scenery is great. beware, you could run into a TSUNAMI!

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Seward Off The Beaten Path

  • Otters on Lowell Pont

    After running into a couple fellow Floridians on our trip to Alaska, we learned of Miller's Landing on Lowell Point in Seward. Miller's Landing is a campground/fish camp about 2.5 miles down a gravel road. Park at Miller's and walk around the building to the shore. From there you can see otters playing along the shore and great views of the bay. We...

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  • Go to Kenai - 105 BREATHTAKING miles...

    The entire peninsula upon which Seward is located is called Kenai. There is, however, a beach and small town called Kenai, and it's on the opposite side of the peninsula from Seward.If you love solitude, stunning natural beauty (gentle fields, mountains, crystal blue fjords, deserted beaches and lots and lots of wildlife), then you need to budget...

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  • Dog Sledding, no matter the season

    If you'd like to learn more about the sport and practice of dog sledding, I'd suggest that you take a ride out to Mitch Seavey's place. Mitch and his people are long-time participants in Alaska's famous Iditarod dog sledding race, and I understand taht Mitch won it once. Sledding and the raising of sled dogs are Mitch's career, life and passion,...

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Seward Sports & Outdoors

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    by RSeppeler Updated Feb 27, 2003

    I caught these off of Uncle Jimmy's sailboat. The weather was perfect . It helps to have someone who has been in Alaska over 20 yrs take you out fishing.

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  • Calling all amateur geologists

    Alaska, due to its volcanic, seismic and glacial past, present and future has a very wide variety of geological treasures. Everywhere you look and walk, you'll find all sorts of colorful rock, crystals, sand and such. The sand under your feet on the beach may have formed deep within the earth from molten magma, or perhaps was born after millenia of...

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  • Seward Waterfront Park

    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...

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  • Visitors' Centers in Seward

    The current Seward Chamber of Commerce Visitors' Center is located at 2001 Seward Highway out toward the airport. The old visitors' center was a 1916 Pullman railroad car at Third Avenue and Jefferson Street. It is not in use now. The Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center (1212 4th Avenue, P.O. Box 1727, Seward, AK 99664; 907-224-7500) is...

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Explore Deeper into Seward
A great local place
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Great view and food
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Little Senior Museum at Seward
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The Welcome Flag Monument at Seward Alaska
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See where the Iditerod Dog Sled Race Starts
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Exploring Wildlife/Glaciers by boat cruise
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Terrific Greek/Seafood in Seward
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Drive around the Seward and Kenai area!
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A great place to watch eagles
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Calving without Cows
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Ice Blue Ice
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A whale of a time in the waters off Seward
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Check out the Kenai Fjords
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Alaska Sealife Center
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Burritos and Quesa's with a twist
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Greek but not so good
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Service faster than expected.
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Cheap Beer & Lousy Food - the first is true.
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Glacier hiking
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Alaska Sea Life Center
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Visit Downtown Seward
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Lowell Point
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Exit Glacier Up Close
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Exit Glacier Nature Center
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Exit Glacier from a Distance
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Exit Glacier Overlook Loop Trail
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Exit Glacier Trails
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Resurrection River
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"Cheap Beer and Lousy Food" Sign
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Kawabe Park
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Seward Founders' Monument
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Iditarod National Historic Trail - Mile 0
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Restaurants Around the Small Boat Harbor
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Small Boat Harbor
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Alaska Railroad - Coastal Classic and Seward Depot
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Expensive Gasoline in Seward? Not Really
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Remembering Mary Lowell
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Lowell Creek Waterfall
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Cruise Ship Port
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Benny Benson Memorial
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Map of Seward

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