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5 Days in Seward, Alaska

A July 2003 trip to Seward by Makai

The Marina Restaurant Photo, Seward, Alaska More Photos
Quote: Seward is quintessential Alaska, that cozy fishing town where the people know every face by name and spin yarn about weather. Nestled into picturesque forests and impossibly snowy mountains, it's also Wild Alaska, where humpback whales break the water's surface before diving and bald eagles watch inquisitively from their perches.

5 Days in Seward, Alaska

Overview

View from Air Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Definitely take a boat tour through the Kenai Fjords--there's so much wildlife to be viewed in this area.

Quick Tips:

It's a tiny town laid out on a grid system, so you don't really need a map. What it lacks in size, it makes up in character. Talk to local people--they're amazingly genuine, helpful, and full of great stories.

Best Way To Get Around:

Walk around--you can't get lost, I promise! Everything you could need is within a short distance, and you'll miss out on so much if you try to drive.
Miller's Landing Photo, Seward, Alaska
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I camped here, but cabins are offered as well. The site is three miles from Seward where the edge of a forest of twisted trees meets up with the ocean. The lodge has a cozy Mom-and-Pop feel to it, and some evenings there's a potluck dinner. On my last night, it included fresh-off-the-boat salmon and halibut, which were cleaned and grilled in front of us. We had rhubarb-cranberry pie for dessert.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Miller's Landing
13880 Beach Drive
Seward, Alaska 99664
907/224-5739

The Marina Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Marina Restaraunt"

The Marina Restaurant Photo, Seward, Alaska
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I came here for breakfast, even though their specialty is fresh seafood. They serve some of the biggest portions I've ever seen: massive waffles pancakes, eggs, etc. You can't leave hungry.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

The Marina Restaurant
1321 4th Avenue
Seward, Alaska 99664
907/224-7991

Kenai Fjords Tours

Attraction

Kenai Fjords Tours Photo, Seward, Alaska
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The boat ride to Holgate Glacier is a long one-- it's not keel-over-the-side-and-disperse-stomach-contents rocky, but I would definitely take Bonine if you're super-prone to motion sickness (just in case). You're given a wildlife list to check off along the way-- out of 41 species, I checked off 29, including bald eagles, gulls, ducks, orcas, sea otters, mountains goats, and steller sea lions. Having said that, I would have been content just to wave to passing fishermen emerging from the mist in this surreally fairy-tale-like seascape. Next to the giant Holgate Glacier, our boat floated among ice chunks as we ate dinner from a glass-enclosed dining room. After dinner, we motored along the fring...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Kenai Fjords Tours
Small Boat Hbr
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-8068

Godwin Glacier Dogsled Tours Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Take a short helicopter ride and land on snow-covered Godwin Glacier. From the air you can see the seasonal camp where sled dogs live during the summer.

Play with the puppies, then take a dogsled across the blindingly white nothingness! The dogs are so excited to run that they seem to fly. Tails wagging, the snow flung up in their wake is the only proof that their paws touch the ground. Sit back and enjoy the ride or take hold of the reins and find out that mushing is not as easy as it looks.

The price is hefty, but it's worth it for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Godwin Glacier Dogsled Tours
Mile 2, Seward Hwy.
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-5501

Alaska SeaLife Center

Attraction | "Kenai Fjords National Park-- Exit Glacier"

Alaska SeaLife Center Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Equipped with a nice Visitor's Center, a scenic walkway, and free guided tours led by Park Service employees, I can't think of any other way to see Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords NP (except maybe on one of those moving walkways they have in the airports). You can, of course, explore without a tour guide--the path loops around, with an option to continue on a longer hike. The glacier has signs posted all over, warning you not to get too close (apparently it's not desirable to be squashed by falling chunks of ice), but of course there are always a few tourists who ignore the warnings in order to get that up-close snapshot for their home slide shows. You might see a grizzly bear if you're l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Alaska SeaLife Center
301 Railway Avenue P.O. Box 1329
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-6300