Seward Travel Guide

  • A mural at Seward showing the Iditerod Dog Race!
    A mural at Seward showing the Iditerod...
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  • A Little Chilly on the Vestibule
    A Little Chilly on the Vestibule
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  • Tree Casualties from the 1964 Quake
    Tree Casualties from the 1964 Quake
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Seward Things to Do

  • Resurrection Bay

    Aboard to one of the boats. We took Kenai Fjords Tours, during the booking they will tell you what you see during tour and what's included in the price. On board there is a park ranger, which gives a lot of information about glaciers and history of the park. Tours to resurrection bay it takes 4-5 hour and cost $110 each with buffet lunch included....

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  • Simple Chruch in Town

    Visiting in town on a Sunday, there was a mass. Out respect for local people, we just walk around and took a photo. The church was on our way to downtown, there were two of them in Seward I'm not sure, we saw two on the way. This one is different, it's has architectural style and with his white paint color which was so attractive. Is a Methodist...

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  • See the native wildlife

    Seward is known for it tour to the fjords, while coming to Seward this is a MUST to do. During the tour you will not only see the scenery, but also the wildlife. From the port of Seward you make a special journey through this impressive areaThe coastline consists of many fjords and bays surrounded by steep slopes and rocky cliffs. It is an ideal...

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  • Seward Waterfront Park

    Downtown Seward is very small. There is only one street, and if you continue walking to the end, you'll came to waterfront park. Is a beautiful spot to relax. You have beautiful view of resurrection bay. There is a nice trail, if you start walking from here, you'll came through the small boat harbor. Various monuments and landmarks can be found...

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  • Seward historic downtown

    Do not be surprised if you can't find anything you want. As a tourist town where cruise passengers get off, I thought there will be much to do or see in the center. NO there wasn't except the sealife center. I notice, most visitors concentrate in the harbor area. What you see here, a view of Brown and general store hawkins and Showcase of Thorns...

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  • Glimpse of the small boat harbor

    Our journey to Seward is equally as alluring as the small town itself. But also makes Seward a primary end point for north bound cruise ships. I understand that can very crowded here when more than thousand cruise passengers get off the boat. Seward is not only a fishing town, is also the base for boat trips through the Kenai Fjords National Park....

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Seward Hotels

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Seward Restaurants

  • Lunch at Fox Island

    One of our main purpose in Seward is to join the tour to the fjord. Arriving in Seward in the afternoon after a scenic drive from Homer, was pretty good. Seward is different than Homer, each town and villages in Alaska is never the same. We checked to our hotel, after settling down to our room we strolled and look a tour for the next dayThere were...

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  • Excellent Fresh Fish!

    Much like lodging, there wasn't a whole lot to choose from in Seward for dining, but if there were, Chinook's would still rank among the top.My husband and I dined here on two separate occasions; it gets pretty busy and the wait can get long after the day cruises start coming in, so plan ahead to arrive early (5-6pm) or wait a while for your...

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  • Unique Coffee House

    As someone who is often guilty of frequenting Starbucks because I don't have to worry about the unexpected, I do love a proper espresso from independent coffee houses, but I typically don't take the time to seek them out.This shop is set up in an old church with local art for sale, so I had to check it out.When I first walked in the door, I didn't...

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Seward Transportation

  • Alaska Railroad to Seward

    My husband and I took this beautiful round trip from Anchorage to Seward in the Gold Star Class. The scenery and narration of the trip is beautiful and informative. The ride is LONG and you have to get up super early (train left Anchorage at 6:45am), but it was worth it to capture some of the morning shots of the sites.I did overhear a couple...

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  • 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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Seward Shopping

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  • A good place to hunt for souvenir

    While wandering around the center of Seward we came accross to this shop. We were looking for some gift shop, there are few shops near our hotel but we did not found what we are looking for and also those gift shops at the harbour are small and not much of a choice. The old town center of Seward is about a kilometer away from the harbour. So I...

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  • Healthy Snacks for Your Tour Days

    I stopped in this awesome health food store because I had a craving for ginger candy for some reason and they had a great selection to choose from. I picked a couple packages of individually wrapped Gin-Gins and they were really nice to have (and share) on the boat tours we took while in Seward. I don't get sea-sick, but when I don't eat right...

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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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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...

    by Poesken Written Oct 23, 2010

    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 phone, as well by email every day during the last 2 months. After a complaint at the Chamber of Commerce they sent us an email saying we would receive our money before the end of September. At the end of October still no money. On Trip Advisor we saw that we are not the only ones! People call them thieves.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't make a reservation, they will not pay you back if the tour is cancelled. Do not trust them.

    Fun Alternatives: Make one of the other trips you can do departing from Seward.

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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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  • Lowell Point

    Lowell Point is a local name, first reported in 1905 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. It was named after Frank and Mary Lowell, who settled on Resurrection Bay in 1884. Lowell Point is about 3 miles south of Seward and now has beautiful beach homes overlooking Resurrection Bay. It seemed like the beach was public though, since many people...

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  • Resurrection River

    The Resurrection River is fed by glaciers so the water is not clear. The glacial flour in the water also keeps the river from having very many fish. However, there are companies that provide 8-mile non-whitewater float trips from near the Exit Glacier down to Seward.

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Seward Sports & Outdoors

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    Nice Catch

    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.

    Captain Jimmy and Bob

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Seward General

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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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  • State Flag

    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...

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