Seward Journals

Denali and Seward with My Parents

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An August 2006 trip to Seward by daph24ne

Denali Mountain Morning Hostel Photo, Denali, Alaska More Photos
Quote: My parents do not travel very often, so when I learned that they were coming to visit me in Alaska, I tried to plan the ultimate vacation for them. Our priorities were fishing, sightseeing, and keeping things within a tight budget.

Denali Mountain Morning Hostel

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Denali Mountain Morning Hostel Photo, Denali, Alaska
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One of my biggest priorities in planning this trip was to stay on a tight budget. In Denali, it's very difficult to find anywhere to stay for under $100 unless you're camping. Camping wasn't really an option for us, and when I stumbled across a website for the Denali Mountain Morning Hostel (http://www.hostelalaska.com), my curiosity was piqued. This was our first stay at a hostel, and we rented a private room in the "Ice Worm" cabin. We spent $160.50 (including tax) for 3 people, for 2 nights. We arrived to check-in on a Sunday evening at around 9pm (the check-in desk is open until 10pm nightly). Upon our arrival, we learned that we couldn't check-in until the hostel person returned from ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Denali Mountain Morning Hostel
Milepost 224.5 Parks Highway
Denali, Alaska 99755
(907) 683-7503

Seward Military Resort

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Hotel

Seward Military Resort Photo, Seward, Alaska
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We loved staying at the Seward Military Resort! It had everything we needed, and the staff was wonderful. The only catch is that you must be an active duty or retired military member, dependent of one, or sponsored by one, to stay here. The Seward Resort is owned and managed by the U.S. Army MWR program, and is located in Seward. There are plenty of signs pointing the way to it as you’re coming into town, so it’s really not difficult to find. They offer motel rooms, RV spaces, tent spaces, yurts, and townhouses to stay in, so no matter what type of vacation you’re looking for, they probably have it. It’s also very affordable – the rates are based on your rank. Although there is also an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Seward Military Resort
P.O. Box 329
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-5559

Salmon Bake Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Salmon Bake"

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We initially tried to go to Ray's for dinner in downtown Seward, only to find it completely packed and to hear that we'd have a 45 minute wait. Rather than waiting, we decided to try the Salmon Bake, located out towards Exit Glacier.In our opinion, this is one of Seward's best kept dining secrets. We were seated immediately, and our server was attentive and fast. My parents ordered the Captain's platter, which included halibut, giant prawns, and grilled salmon, as well as several side dishes. I opted for the grilled salmon. Everything was very fresh and very tasty. Even though we ate at a few other places throughout our trip, this is the one we remember best! I highly recomm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Salmon Bake Restaurant
Exit Glacier Road
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-4752

Denali National Park Visitor Transportation System

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Attraction | "Wonder Lake Bus Shuttle"

Denali National Park Visitor Transportation System Photo, Denali, Alaska
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When traveling through Denali, something that many people don’t realize is that you can’t drive through it with your own car, like you can in Yellowstone or Yosemite. In order to tour Denali, you’ll need a bus ticket. There are 2 basic ways to do this. You can either get a shuttle bus ticket, or you can book a tour bus. The first thing a person should do is decide how far you want to travel into the park and how much time you have. Check out http://www.reservedenali.com/shuttle_bus.php. If your priority is to see the wildlife and possibly Mt. McKinley, or "Denali" as many of the locals call it (on a clear day), in my opinion you want to go to at least Wonder Lake and even Kantishna. These are 86 mi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Denali National Park Visitor Transportation System
Visitor Center
Denali, Alaska

Mount McKinley

Attraction | "Mt. McKinley South View"

Mount McKinley Photo, Denali, Alaska
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Many people try to view Mt. McKinley from inside Denali National Park. Often, it's very cloudy, and you're very lucky if you get to see it. Don't despair. If you visit the park and miss seeing Denali, and you're traveling south towards Anchorage, there are other opportunities to see the "Great One." I've lived in the Fairbanks region now for over a year, and the locals here say that if you view Mt. McKinley from the south, your chances are usually better to see it. We missed seeing McKinley in Denali (it was just too cloudy), but we were finally able to see the tip of it, and the bottom of it (although the middle of it was surrounded by clouds) from one of the southern viewpoints. These are loca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Mount McKinley
Denali National Park & Preserve
Denali, Alaska

Halibut Fishing Charter at Seaward Military Resort

Attraction | "Halibut Fishing Charter"

Halibut Fishing Charter at Seaward Military Resort Photo, Seward, Alaska
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This was our first time staying at the Seward Military Resort and booking one of their Halibut charters.  The boats are actually owned and operated by the Resort.  The deck hands are Active duty Army members who are on special temporary duty (TDY) assignments to do these jobs.Would we do it again?  Yes, I think so, but I would schedule several charters over several days just to ensure that you have at least 1 good fishing day.  The pluses of this charter was that it was only $130 per person, a real deal for the Seward area.  We went on a really crappy day for the weather.  Because it was so stormy, the skipper decided not to take us where he'd initially planned due to the high seas (we had...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Halibut Fishing Charter at Seaward Military Resort
2305 Dimond Blvd
Seward, AK 99664
(907) 224-2659

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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I went on this fishing charter with my parents.  We went on the all day salmon fishing trip down the Kenai River.  With our military discount, it was about $215/person.  One of the things we didn't realize until we got there was that we would be fly fishing.  I had never done any fly fishing in my life, but our guide was great, and he taught us exactly what to do.  The weather on the day we went was very rainy, but we still had a great time.  One very important tip I learned from this trip was that if you are intent on bringing lots of fish home, river fishing may not be your best course of action.  Fly fishing (particularly this type which is a diffe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Alaska River Adventures
Alaska Highway 1, Mile 48
Cooper Landing, Alaska 99572
907-595-2000

Exit Glacier

Attraction

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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I had seen many photos of Kenai Fjords National Park prior to traveling to Seward, therefore, we really wanted to see Exit Glacier. Since we were worried about my Mom getting sick on one of the Glacier tours (by boat), we decided to just drive out to Exit Glacier.

We were glad that we did. This is an easy hike for just about anyone to do. My Dad has bad knees and walks very slowly, and even he didn't have much difficulty traversing the trail. The trail is clearly marked from the parking lot, and you won't get lost.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Exit Glacier
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai, Alaska