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How to Spend 3 Days in Seward

How to Spend 3 Days in Seward

There are myriad worthwhile attractions and experiences to be enjoyed in Seward. While you could easily spend weeks immersing yourself in native culture, outdoor beauty and active recreation, not everyone has unlimited time. To help you plan a long weekend, here is a suggested itinerary for three days in Seward.

Day 1: Tour Kenai Fjord National Park If you can only do one thing when you’re in Seward, make it exploring Kenai Fjord National Park. Encompassing 1,047 square miles (2,711 square kilometers), the park is littered with glacial-carved fjords. Within the park, make sure to visit Harding Icefield, an enormous ice field with 40 glaciers flowing into it. Take an aerial tour over the park for a unique vantage point, kayak through the fjords and explore the trails around Exit Glacier.

If you’re interested in fishing, salmon and Dolly Varden are prevalent in the backcountry of the park. And don’t forget to spend some time trying to spot wildlife like black bears, bald eagles, mountain goats, Dall’s porpoises, Stellar sea lions, humpback and orca whales and much more.

Day 2: A scenic drive Seward gives you access to one of Alaska’s most scenic drives: The Seward Highway. This National Scenic Byway runs 125 miles (201 kilometers) from Seward to Anchorage, passing through some of the state’s most scenic areas, like the Kenai Peninsula, Chugach National Forest, Turnagain Arm and Kenai Mountains. Although you never leave Alaska, you’ll feel like you’re crossing borders as the landscape switches between alpine meadows, retreating glaciers, majestic fjords, mirror lakes and rugged peaks.

While you could complete the drive in a few hours, it’s best to spend a few days and take your time as there are a number of attractions and experiences along the way, some of which include learning about Alaska’s railroad history at the Potter Section House Railroad Museum; seeing wildlife like moose, caribou, Siberian board and bison at the Alaska Wildlife Conversation Center; exploring an old gold mining town at Hope Junction and trekking the beautiful Devil’s Creek Trail.

Day 3: Exploring native culture Along with exploring the outdoors, Seward allows you to get to know native culture in Alaska. Take a day trip to the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, where you can learn about the culture and heritage of 11 different Native cultural groups. The attraction offers a range of educational experiences, like traditional dancing, storytelling, watching artisans at work, dog sledding, gallery and exhibit viewing, and perusing traditional handicrafts on consignment from Native artisans in the gift shop.

Outside, life-sized re-creations of native dwellings bring history to life. In Seward you can also visit the Chugach Heritage Center, where you can learn about the heritage of the Chugach people and view Native artworks. The Seward Community Library Museum is also worth a stop, as it houses photographs, artifacts and historical documents pertaining to Seward’s history, as well as Native baskets and ivory carvings.

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Gold Panning in Seward

Gold Panning in Seward

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Pan for gold near a water wheel and salmon stream in Seward. You’ll learn the art of panning, discover your own Gold Rush experience and keep everything you find! Popular with children, this 1-hour experience is offered at various times throughout the day to suit your schedule.
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  • 1 hour
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45-Minute Glacier Flight and Landing

45-Minute Glacier Flight and Landing

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Experience a breathtaking 45 minute flight over Bear Glacier and Aialik Glacier in beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park! The highlight of this tour is a glacier landing. You'll enjoy 15 minutes out of the helicopter exploring the glacier. See crystal-blue glacier pools and take in unbelievable views. Incredible photo opportunities. Don't forget your sunglasses and camera.
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  • 45 minutes
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Helicopter Glacier Landing Tour from Seward

Helicopter Glacier Landing Tour from Seward

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Touch down on the Godwin Glacier as part of a scenic 30-minute helicopter tour from Seward. You'll have 15 minutes to admire the glacier, take some photos and enjoy sweeping aerial views of Kenai Fjords National Park, Resurrection Bay, the Godwin Glacier, and more.
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  • 30 minutes
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Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure

Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise: afternoon departure

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Experience up-close views of glaciers and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on this cruise. Enjoy 100 miles (round-trip) of jaw-dropping scenery as the captain and crew explain the surrounding geology and wildlife. Sail past the majestic Holgate Glacier and witness chunks of glaciers break off and crash into the water. Get your camera out near Chiswell Islands, home to thousands of nesting seabirds. In addition to the sights, enjoy a complimentary brunch or deli lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise

Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise

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Treat yourself to an abundance of wildlife viewing with this 3.5-hour Kenai Fjords cruise in Resurrection Bay from Seward Harbor. Travel 55 miles (round-trip) along a rugged coastline and snap plenty of memorable photos as you sail past Bear Glacier. Sail close to sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, and keep your eyes peeled for whales, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, eagles and mountain goats.
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  • 4 hours
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