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Welcome to Seward

If you can only do one thing when you’re in Seward, make it exploring the glacial-carved fjords of Kenai Fjord National Park. Most travelers join a boat tour to see Kenai’s fjords and wildlife, but kayaking adventures, scenic flights (with optional glacier landings), and the park’s hiking trails offer alternative ways to explore. Those with more time—and access to a car—should hit the Seward Highway, which leads from Seward to Anchorage and passes through some of Alaska’s wildest terrains, from Chugach National Forest to the Kenai Mountains.

Top 10 attractions in Seward

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

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Encompassing 1,047 square miles (2,711 square kilometers), Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park is named after its numerous glacial-carved fjords—beautiful ice valleys that sit below sea level. The fjords run down the mountains into the iconic Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States with 40 tidewater glaciers flowing into it. The stunning landscape is also a wildlife-watcher’s dream, thanks to its abundant marine animals, birds, and other native wildlife.More
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Resurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay

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Resurrection Bay on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula—dotted with glistening glaciers, majestic fjords, and secluded coves set against a backdrop of snowy mountains and dramatic fog—is a haven for those who enjoy striking landscapes. Not only is this pristine wilderness beautiful, it’s also filled with opportunities for outdoors recreation.More
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Bear Glacier

Bear Glacier

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Not far from the town of Seward, there are nearly 40 glaciers making up an icefield that spans more than 300 square miles, all contained within Kenai Fjords National Park. The largest of these is Bear Glacier.It's not far from Seward to Exit Glacier, the most easily accessible glacier in the park, but it's also possible to reach Bear Glacier from Seward – if you head out on the water. You can go on cruises that visit the many fjords in the park, and you can even go sea kayaking through the fjords.Sea kayaking up to Bear Glacier gives you a chance to see the glacier and its iceberg-filled lagoon up close. You can also choose an overnight adventure, camping near the glacier. Even if you opt for a day cruise, you'll be treated to incomparable glacier views, plus the chance to see puffins, whales, and sea otters.More
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Seward Highway

Seward Highway

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Spanning 125 miles (201 kilometers) from Seward to Anchorage, the Seward Highway passes through the Kenai Peninsula and the Turnagain Arm of the Gulf of Alaska and is one of Alaska’s most scenic stretches of road. Multiple scenic viewpoints and roadside attractions including the Portage Glacier, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and Chugach State Park makes this scenic byway a destination in itself.More
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Alaska Railroad

Alaska Railroad

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Extending from Seward to Fairbanks in the interior, the Alaska Railroad provides travelers access to popular stops, such as Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali National Park. While its main line runs for more than 470 miles (750 kilometers), there are also secondary lines providing more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) of extended service.More
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Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier

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Exit Glacier, the only part of Kenai Fjords National Park that's accessible by road, is also one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska. Visitors can hike right up to the wall of blue ice to listen as it crackles and learn about how this and other glaciers from the Harding Icefield have reshaped the landscape over time.More
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Alaska SeaLife Center

Alaska SeaLife Center

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Located along the shores of Seward’s Resurrection Bay, the Alaska SeaLife Center is the state’s only public aquarium and marine wildlife rehabilitation center. Learn all about Alaska’s diverse marine life while getting up close and personal with harbor seals, sea lions, puffins, and much more.More
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Seward Boat Harbor

Seward Boat Harbor

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As one of Alaska’s small boating centers Seward Boat Harbor is considered to be one of the best destinations for sailing in the world. Situated at the entry to Kenai Fjords National Park, the surrounding waters are rich with a variety of marine wildlife. Bald eagles, sea otters, sea lions, and other sea birds are also often passing above the sea.Undeniably the most common vessel in the Seward Boat Harbor is the sailboat, yet it’s also an excellent launching point for kayaks and small fishing boats. Seasonally whale watching cruises depart from the harbor as well. With many vessels departing for the scenic Kenai Fjords from here, there are plenty of restaurants, hotels, and facilities along the water to suit visitors.The harbor itself is calm and scenically surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Uniquely the water does not freeze at any point during the year (but if it’s ice you’re after, the massive Exit Glacier is nearby.)More
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Fox Island

Fox Island

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Located off the coast of Seward in Resurrection Bay, Fox Island is a popular sea kayaking and hiking destination. The island is largely mountainous and the coastline’s rocky coves are home to puffins, sea lions, seals, and more. The secluded island is also home to two state parks, Sandspit Point State Marine Park and Sunny Cove State Marine Park, and a high-end all-inclusive resort.More
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Iditarod National Historic Trail

Iditarod National Historic Trail

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The legendary Iditarod National Historic Trail, known historically as the Seward-to-Nome Mail Trail, encompasses 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers), although there are 1,300 miles (2,092 kilometers) of alternate routes and connecting trails not part of the primary historic route. Connecting a point 50 miles (80 km) north of Seward to Nome, the once 1,150-mile (1,850-kilometer) long trail was used as a trade route year-round, by gold-seekers in the twentieth century and by dog mushers carrying large freight in the winter. While portions of the Iditarod Trail were used by the native Inupiaq and Athabaskan peoples before the 1800s, the most prolific use of the trail was during the Gold Rush to transport gold from the Iditarod Mining District and connect Alaska’s interior with its ports.Today, the Iditarod National Historic Trail is separated into five sections: Seward to Girdwood (Kenai Peninsula); Girdwood to Eklutna (Anchorage); Eklutna to Skwentna (Mat-Su Valleys); Skwentna to Kaltag (Southwest); and Kaltag to Nome (Northwest). As it is primarily a winter trail it is popular for snowmobiling. Additionally, it is well-known for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, an annual long-distance, nine-days-or-more dog sled race that traverses the Anchorage to Nome section of the Iditarod. It’s also a great place for spotting wildlife like moose, caribou, brown bear, bison, wolf and Dall sheep as well as seals, walrus and polar bear near the Bering Sea coast.More

Recent reviews from experiences in Seward

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Amazing
Elya_K, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
We were fortunate to see multiple pods of Orcas, a fin tail whale, sea lions, doll porpoises, eagles and of course the tidal wave glacier.
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Great Experience
Kim_B, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Great tour to see lots of wildlife and scenery by Seward!
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Amazing Experience
Kristy_D, May 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
The Staff & Captain knew the waters and we got to see the animals while respecting their space.
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Good whale siting
Candice_L, Jul 2020
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Saw some whales and sea lions, but didn’t get to see Spire Cove which is what I was really anxious about.
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Orcas and Dall's porpoises.
Voyage801355, Sep 2018
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
I never expected to see several pods of orcas during our tour -- but we did.
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We took the cruise to Kenai Fjords...
Santoso S, Jun 2017
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
We were lucky to see almost all the wild life that we hoped to see, the whales, killing whales, sea lions and birds.
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This tour definitely exceeded my...
bhaag8, Jul 2017
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
I've been on boat tours and whale watching tours in the past but I have never seen so much of what I intended to see when booking.
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My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed...
Sharon M, Aug 2016
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
We were able to see Orcas, Humpbacks, Otters, Puffins, Stellar Seals, and the beautiful coast line.
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