Getting There

Anchorage Car 2.5 - 3 Train 4 Motorcoach 3
Denali National Park Car 8-9 Motorcoach 10

Transportation Options

How Long to Spend

2-4 Nights

Seward: Alaska Starts Here  (1:38)

Sandwiched between the Kenai mountains and the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward is one of Alaska's oldest and most scenic communities, with Mt. Marathon rising steeply behind the town.

A spectacular 2.5 hour drive south from Anchorage brings you to this seaside village, which offers a bustling harbor, quaint shops and galleries, and many different ways to tour Kenai Fjords National Park.

Beside the influx of visitors every summer, Seward becomes a big magnet for two annual events during the high season. Every July 4, runners race to the summit of Mt Marathon, in America's second- oldest footrace. The town's population also balloons during the August Silver Salmon derby, the state’s largest. You can get out on the water and cast your line for several-hundred-pound halibut or salmon so numerous they bump into your boat.

Favorite Activities

  • Exploring Kenai Fjords National Park: This is one of Alaska's best wildlife spectacles and some of its most beautiful fjords and glaciers. Humpback and killer whales, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and puffins crowd the park's waters. You can choose from a variety of Kenai Fjords boat tours.
  • Exploring Resurrection Bay: You can also get water-taxi drop-offs at secluded coves around the bay where you can beachcomb, rent a private yurt, or kayak to sea lion haul-outs, bird rookeries, and tidewater caves. From Seward's Lowell Point, you can slice through the glassy waters, past sea otters, harbor seals, and eagles.
  • Hike to Caines Head: From Resurrection Bay, you can also walk the mile-long beach or trek the five-mile coastal trail to Caines Head, rated one of Alaska's top 10 hikes. Though this is not the only great hike in Seward. See the full list here.
  • Getting Hands-On at Exit Glacier: Alaska's most accessible glacier lies just 10-15 minutes from town, and a gentle half-mile trail leads you close enough to Exit Glacier to touch.

Getting There

It’s a port for many cruise ships, and it’s also a 2.5-drive from Anchorage, or a 4-hour train ride. See our advice articles on getting between Anchorage and Seward and Denali and Seward.

Things to Do in Seward & Kenai Fjords

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