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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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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward

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Watch the Alaskan wilderness awaken on this 6-hour morning cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park from Seward. Aboard a warm and spacious vessel customized for comfort, cruise past alpine and tidewater glaciers among the fjords and take in a bounty of wildlife sightings, including whales, sea lions and birds. Enjoy a delicious lunch on board, and visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge for great views of seabird rookeries. Don’t miss one of Alaska’s most popular wildlife and glacier cruises!
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Resurrection Bay Cruise with Fox Island
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Resurrection Bay Cruise with Fox Island

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Admire the icy blue waters of Resurrection Bay as your boat glides past glaciers, snowcapped mountains and dramatic cliffs. On this 5-hour cruise into the Kenai Fjords across Resurrection Bay, keep watch for whales, puffins and otters with the help of a wildlife guide. Step onto the shores of beautiful Fox Island, and sink into a mouthwatering lunch at a private lodge. This Resurrection Bay cruise gives you the chance to learn about the area’s natural history and skip stones at a pebble beach.
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Northwestern Fjord Sightseeing Cruise from Seward

Northwestern Fjord Sightseeing Cruise from Seward

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Don’t miss the only daily tour that visits the majestic Northwestern Fjord, home to three amazing tidewater glaciers and numerous alpine glaciers, part of Kenai Fjords National Park. This 9-hour cruise from Seward takes you through Alaska’s crystal blue waters and gives you jaw-dropping scenery of glaciers and an array of marine life. Gain insight into the area’s geological history from a wildlife guide, and enjoy breakfast and lunch on board.
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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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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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Kenai Fjords (Grand Day) Wildlife Cruise & Glacier Kayak Combo
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Kenai Fjords (Grand Day) Wildlife Cruise & Glacier Kayak Combo

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This is the ULTIMATE Alaskan experience! Our private charter catamaran will take you to wild places to paddle near a massive glacier with your guide. You'll also cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park watching for whales, orca, sea lions, seals, porpoise, puffins eagles, and more. Bring your camera, your sense of awe and adventure, and get ready for a mind-blowing day!
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Helicopter Glacier Landing Tour from Seward
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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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Alaska Railroad Seward to Anchorage One Way
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Alaska Railroad Seward to Anchorage One Way

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Departing from downtown Seward at 6pm, the Coastal Classic Train travels north along the rugged coastline of Turnagain Arm, with dramatic views of the Chugach Mountains plunging directly to the sea. At the end of Turnagain Arm, the tracks veer away from the road system into the backcountry wilderness – and what many consider to be the most scenic stretch of the Alaska Railroad, accessible only by train. Watch for views of massive glaciers, steep river canyons, and cascading waterfalls. The train arrives in Anchorage at 10:15pm.
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National Park Tour with Fox Island
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National Park Tour with Fox Island

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Journey deep into the Alaskan wilderness on this full-day cruise from Seward through Kenai Fjords National Park. Aboard a spacious vessel customized for comfort, travel past alpine and tidewater glaciers among the fjords and take in a  bounty of wildlife sightings, including whales, sea lions and birds. Visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge for great views of seabird rookeries. Enjoy an onboard lunch and stop at a private lodge on Fox Island for a delicious dinner.
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Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise from Seward

Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise from Seward

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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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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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