Seward Journals

Weekend Getaway to Alaska

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A June 2000 trip to Seward by Virtually There

Kenai Fjords Tours Photo, Seward, Alaska More Photos
Quote: Brief trip to Seward and the Kenai Fjords National Park. One of the most scenic places I've ever been to. If you want to see glaciers, mountains, fjords and abundant wildlife (whales, birds, sea lions, sea otters) this place has it all.

Weekend Getaway to Alaska

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Seward Highway Photo, Seward, Alaska
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(1) Kayaking around Fox Island (14 miles south of Seward in Resurrection Bay) (2) Taking a guided wildlife and glacier cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park and getting up close and personal with a pod of Orca (3) Walking up to Exit Glacier - the only glacier in Kenai Fjords NP accessible by roadQuick Tips: Visit prior to the summer onslaught (i.e. before late June). I've traveled here the first few days of June for the last two years (1999 & 2000) and the timing was perfect: (1) Great Weather - sunny days with highs in the 70's / lows in the 40's. (2) Long Days - the sun sets at 11:30PM but it never gets completely dark. (3) No Crowds - the cruises I went were ...Read More
Seward Windsong Lodge Photo, Seward, Alaska
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A newly constructed facility with clean rooms located 2 miles north of the Seward Small Boat Harbor in a secluded forest setting. All rooms have mountian or forest views. The facility also includes a popular bar/restaurant (Resurrection Roadhouse) with a good selection of microbrews. I didn't eat at the Roadhouse, but the beers are very good. Rates vary by season (I paid $99 for June 1st and 2nd, but peak seaon rates of $169 kick in the second week of June). 72 rooms - all with 2 queen beds and private bathroom. UPDATE 6/01: Rates that I mentioned above have gone up by $30 per night for 2001. Seward Windsong Lodge has built a new main reception/check-in structure as well as addit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2001

Seward Windsong Lodge
31772 Herman Leirer Road
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-7116

Ray's Waterfront

Restaurant

Ray's Waterfront Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Waterfront setting with a warm relaxed atmosphere and good food. Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Overlooks the Seward Small Boat Harbor and Mountains in the distance.

Very good food. Highly recommend the seafood chowder and any of the Halibut or Salmon entres. The night I dined here in 2000 the view was very entertaining - there were two Bald Eagles "fishing" in the Harbor just outside the restaurant.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2001

Ray's Waterfront
1316 4th Avenue
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-5606

Fox Island Sea Kayaking

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Fox Island Sea Kayaking Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Combo Sea Kayaking / Wildlife Cruise. This is an easy Kayaking excursion that includes instruction and a 3 hour guided "wilderness paddle" around Fox Island. Fox Island is apparantly one of the world's finest paddling locations and is an interesting mix of temperate rain forest, sculpted cliffs, protected coves and long pebbled beaches. This was my first sea kayaking experience.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2001

Fox Island Sea Kayaking
Resurrection Bay
Seward, Alaska

Kenai Fjords Tours

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Attraction

Kenai Fjords Tours Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Guided tour through Kenai Fjords Natoinal Park. I highly recommend both the Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise (6 hours - $109pp including lunch) and the Northwestern Fjord Cruise (9.5 hours - $139pp includig lunch). I did the Park Cruise in 1999 and the Fjord Cruise in 2000. Both these cruises afforded me the opportunity to experience some of the most awesome scenery in the world. Definitely one of the most memorable experiences in all my travels. If you like nature you need to come here at a least once in your life.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2001

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

Itinerary

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Alaska 003 Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Fri 6/2/00: Depart DFW Airport at 4:00pm; Arrive in Anchorage from DFW at 8:15pm; Rent car and drive to Seward; Arrive in Seward and check in at hotel at 11:00pm ===== Sat 6/3/00: Kenai Fjords Tours Northwestern Fjord Cruise (9:00am-6:30pm); Drive/Walk to Exit Glacier (7:30pm-9:30pm); Dinner at Ray's Waterfront Restaurant (next to Kenai Fjords Tours Office) ==== Sun 6/4/00: Fox Island Sea Kayaking & Wildlife Cruise (9:00am-5:00pm); Drive to Anchorage Airport (5:45pm-7:30pm); Depart Anchorage 9:20pm ==== Mon 6/5/00:...Read More