Locations in Kenai Peninsula
Seward | Kenai Peninsula
Seward is a charming coastal town 127 miles south of Anchorage. It is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities. Abrupt mountain slopes cloaked in shaggy summer greens and snow form an impressive backdrop for this progressive city of 2,700 people. Tourism, shipping and fishing are the mainstay of Seward’s economy.
Each year Seward hosts the famous 4th of July Mt. Marathon Race, one of the oldest mountain races in North America. The total length of the race is three miles and in 2018 the winner took 44 min. 13 seconds.
Excellent accommodations, restaurants, RV parks, and tent camping are available in Seward, and you’ll always find friendly hospitality from the residents. Seward was voted All American City in 1963, 1965 and 2005.
Seward Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is open daily in the summer at mile 2 of the Seward Highway (on the right as you enter town). Ask the helpful staff to recommend their favorite spots in town for wildlife viewing, hiking, and paddling. They will also help in organizing any of the tours available in town or nearby Kenai Fjords National Park. 907-224-8051. www.seward.com
Seward Community Library Museum, 6th & Adams. A film on the 1964 earthquake is shown daily at 2pm.
Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center next to the Harbormaster Building in the small boat harbor on Fourth Avenue. This is an excellent place to visit and learn about the incredible natural features of this National Park. It is ideally located to stop by before or after a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords. Park Rangers are avaialable to answer any questions visitors have about the area. 907-422-0535
Seward became a town-site in 1903 when it was decided a railroad would need to be constructed to connect the Interior of Alaska’s rich resources to the coastline. Seward’s, large, ice free port was chosen as the ideal location. Construction of the railroad’s southern terminus was started by private enterprise, but the 70 miles of completed track was purchased in 1915 by the Federal Government’s newly formed Alaska Railroad Corporation. When completed in 1923, the Alaska Railroad would connect the 470 miles between Seward and Fairbanks.
The town of Seward is named for William H. Seward, who was a former Secretary of State during the Lincoln Administration and a key figure in the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.