Situated at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities. Experience trophy sport fishing, glacier and wildlife cruises, sailing, hiking, kayaking, flight seeing, summer dog sled rides, and more.
High mountains above, crystal waters in front, cozy cafés and a bustling harbor-there’s so much to love about this incredible place. Seward’s a town with less than 3,000 residents, but each summer thousands of visitors come to visit. They’re drawn by nature and enchanted by the friendly, authentic local vibe, Seward is impossible to forget.
Humpbacks, Orcas, gray whales, harbor seals, sea lions, puffins-and that’s just on the coast! There are bears in the mountains above. And that bald eagle that reigns court over the harbor. Kenai Fjords National Park is home to some of Alaska’s finest wildlife watching. If you love wildlife you’ve got to make time for a stop at the renowned Alaska SeaLife Center as well.
From the lush rainforests to shimmering high alpine lakes, there are some world-class trails to tackle in Seward. Of course, the legendary Mt. Marathon Trail draws the world’s finest trailrunners each year, and the famous Exit Glacier trail is a unique chance to truly discover a glacier. Lost Lake and Tonsina Point are two other classics. Even a stroll along the waterfront to gather shells can qualify as a hike here.
Starting up high in the Kenai Mountains and draining into Resurrection Bay just north of Seward, this is one impressive river. Take in its breadth and beauty from the deck at the Resurrection Roadhouse-this is where the wide, braided gravel river bed stretches across to the slopes of Mt. Marathon. Watch the clouds rolls in and out while you enjoy a microbrew from Goliath Bar & Grill.
Alaska is full of quirky towns. Lowell Point, at the end of the road just south of Seward, is a particularly cool little neighborhood of rugged and hobbit-like homes tucked beneath massive trees. Each home is a unique expression of individuality and connection with the natural world. Lowell Point is also the perfect starting point for a hike or paddle.
Seward has a thriving commercial fishing industry. It’s no surprise it has some tasty and incredibly fresh grub, too. Ray’s Waterfront has great seafood, including King Crab, overlooking the harbor. The Cookery, a humble spot specializing in amazingly-fresh oysters, has plenty of vegetarian options. And the Resurrection Roadhouse has a killer Creole Bouillabaisse featuring Alaska halibut, salmon, cod, scallops and King Crab.