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
The town of Seward is named for William H. Seward, who arranged for Alaska’s purchase from Russia. It became a town-site in 1903 to serve as a terminal construction point for the Alaska Railroad which was to open the interior for resource development. The railroad that was begun by private enterprise, was taken over by the Federal Government and construction was completed in 1923. This opened the Interior of Alaska to the ice-free port of Seward.
Halibut & silver salmon fishing charters, fishing tackle, ice, bait, RV supplies, fishing & hunting licenses & information. ATM 1-800-257-7760 or 907-224-3674