The 127 mile/204 km Seward Highway has been designated a National Forest Scenic Byway. It connects the cities of Anchorage and Seward traveling past salt water bays, ice-blue glaciers, and alpine valleys. The first 50 miles of the highway twists and turns along the base of the Chugach Mountains, and the shore of Turnagain Arm. The 37-foot tides of Turnagain Arm are exceeded only by those in Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy. The waters racing out of the inlet expose miles of mud flats and when they return, frequently create 6-foot bore tides.
Just past the turn-off for Portage Glacier, you will enter the Kenai Peninsula Borough – over 25,000 square miles of scenic park lands, glaciers, rivers, and unique communities. Here it is easy to try your luck at hooking a world record king salmon or a giant halibut, photograph a Russian church, or view sea lions & whales on a scenic cruise, all on the same day!
The Alaska Railroad parallels the Seward Highway to Portage, where it has a branch line to Whittier Alaska (port for the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System). The Alaska Railroad also serves Seward, which was the original starting point of the Alaska Railroad. 37 miles north of Seward, the Seward Highway connects with the Sterling Highway which travels southwest to the end of the Kenai Peninsula and accesses the towns of Soldotna, Kenai, Ninilchik, Anchor Point, and Homer.
When you reach Seward, at the end of the highway, you will be met with stunning scenery from this small coastal community. It is known as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and a number of local tour companies will share with you the stunning natural scenery and amazing wildlife found in the park. Visit Kenai Fjords Tours or Major Marine Tours to book an unforgetable adventure.
You’ll get updates on road conditions and construction at http://511.alaska.gov
Warning: The mudflats along the coast from Anchorage to Portage (Turnagain Arm) exhibit quicksand-like conditions. It is extremely dangerous to walk on the beach or mudflats in this area.
For a complete list of Things to do in Alaska, visit our Things To Do section. For information on places to camp, visit our section on camping in Alaska. To determine when you should plan your trip to Alaska, visit our page on the best time to visit Alaska. Finally, many visitors to the north want to experience the Northern Lights, so we’ve put together a page of detailed information on how and when to see the Northern Lights.