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.

 

Hotel Seward

Beautiful view rooms with cable TV, VCR, coffee maker, data port & hair dryers. Nonsmoking rooms available. One half block from the …

 

Van Gilder Hotel

The Van Gilder Hotel is a National Registered Historic Landmark. Convenient location within walking distance of restaurants, shops, the Alaska SeaLife Center, …

 

City Campgrounds

The Seward City Campground has 500 spaces with the best ocean views in the State. 99 sites have electric hookups. There is …

 

Millers Landing

Boat charters for fishing, hiking or sightseeing in and around Seward. Camping, showers, fishing tackle sales and rental. Take  the Seward Highway …

 

Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier is just 10 miles from Seward and is one of the most accessible glaciers in all of Alaska. Exit Glacier …

 

Kenai Fjords National Park

Located on the southeastern Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai National Park is a pristine and rugged land supporting many unaltered natural environments and ecosystems. …

 

Mt. Marathon Race

Alaska’s biggest Independence Day celebration is  held in Seward every Fourth of July. The combination running-climbing race to the top of 3,022-foot …

 

Seward Community Library

Seward Community Library – Sixth and Adams, presents a movie and slide show depicting earthquake, fire and tidal wave damage resulting from …

 

Seward Museum

at the corner of Third and Jefferson, is maintained by the Resurrection Bay Historical Society. On display are native artifacts,  relics, early-day …

 

Caines Head State Recreation Area

scenic site of an abandoned World War II fort, can be reached by boat or on foot (at low tide) from Seward. …

 

Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier is just 10 miles from Seward and is one of the most accessible glaciers in all of Alaska. Exit Glacier …

 

Kenai Fjords Gift Shop

Alaskan souvenirs, t-shirts, sweat shirts,  rain gear and film. Across from Kenai Fjords Tours.

 

Crescent Creek and Carter Lake Trail

Crescent Creek and Carter Lake Trail is an 18 mile trail joining the Seward and Sterling Highways. It is great for a …

 

Chugach National Forest

The Chugach was formally designated as a National Forest in 1907. It was one of the first reserves to be withdrawn after …

 

Kenai Fjords Gift Shop

Alaskan souvenirs, t-shirts, sweat shirts,  rain gear and film. Across from Kenai Fjords Tours.