Kyle and I went to Seward, Alaska for my 22nd birthday. Seward is absolutely gorgeous! Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities. This town offers a bustling harbor, quaint shops and galleries, and many different ways to tour Kenai Fjords National Park.
- Seward is the 7thmost lucrative fisheries port in the United States per value.
- Seward is the southern terminus of the Alaskan Railroad.
- In 1927, 13 year old Benny Benson of Seward, won a territory-wide American Legion contest to design a flag for Alaska. His design became the territorial flag and eventually the state flag.
- Seward is located 126 miles south of Anchorage.
Things to do in Seward
- Benny Benson Memorial Park
- Kenai Fjords National Park-Exit Glacier
Exit glacier is only 15 minutes from town. A half-mile trail leads you to the base of the glacier. When we went to Exit Glacier the road had been flooded from a rainstorm.
- Alaska SeaLife Center
This is the state’s only marine research and rehabilitation facility. Come face to face with puffins, sea lions, and harbor seals.
- Glacier and Wildlife Day Cruises
Choose which boat tour you want to go on. You will see glaciers, fjords, and wildlife.
- Take a walking tour.
Walk along Main Street. There is a collection of refurbished railcars from the Alaska Railroad. They now house several private businesses. Visit the small boat harbor. Go to the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Walk along the paved Coastal Walk. The coastal walk follows the route of the original Iditarod National Historic Trail. Visit the library, the Taroka Inn, The Liberty Theater, the Van Gilder Hotel, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Ballaine House, the Cameron House, the Stewart House, the Resurrection Bay Historical Society Museum, and the Buoy Tree.
- Look for the many murals in town.
Where to Stay
On the way to Exit Glacier there are many camping spots that are free! You can just pull off and claim a spot.