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Kenai Fjords National Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Kayak to fjords, hike to icefields and glaciers and view the antics of land-based and marine wildlife in this vast Alaskan park. 

Experience a living Ice Age in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore fjords and glaciers by kayak, hiking trails or flyovers to see a fascinating wintry parkland unlike anything in the lower 48 states.

Travel to Alaska’s coastline where fjords cut giant ravines into a shoreline of rock and snow. Rent a sea kayak and gear to paddle along Aialik Bay or Northwestern Lagoon. The National Park Service strongly recommends hiring a guide. The area’s very cold open waters can be treacherous, with rough surf and swells of 3 feet (1 meter) or more.

Book a cruise to Resurrection Bay or Northwestern Fjord. Watch for sea lions and orca and other whales in the water and mountain goats and puffins on land. Many cruises include narration by a park ranger. Dress in layers for changeable summer conditions ranging from bright sun to chilling winds.

Hike some or all of the very strenuous 8.2-mile (13.2-kilometer) round-trip Harding Icefield Trail. You’ll start with views of purple lupine flowers, heather and cottonwood and climb to the top of a seemingly endless ice field overlooking Exit Glacier. View this same area with a “flight seeing” trip, sightseeing from a small plane soaring over the park lands, with more than 30 glaciers.

Drive to the Exit Glacier Nature Center to learn about the region’s geology and wildlife. Walk to the glacier itself to observe the ever-changing environment as the glacier retreats. When the nature center road closes for the region’s extended snow season, access the area by snowmobile, dog sled or cross-country skiing.

The park is open year-round. However, June through August offer the warmest weather and easiest access to the largest number of facilities. Park entrance and camping are free. For mountaineering, ice climbing and other advanced sports, check the official website for safety requirements and guide recommendations. Reach the park at Seward, Alaska, 126 miles (203 kilometers) south of Anchorage.

U.S. national parks offer affordable access to unusual and exciting scenery and adventures across the country. Enjoy your visit to the fascinating world of ice and snow at Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Hotel Seward
Hotel Seward
2.5 out of 5
221 5th Ave, Seward, AK
The price is $69 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in the heart of Seward, this historic hotel is steps from Seward Waterfront Park and Alaska SeaLife Center. Seward Boat Harbor is 1 mi (1.7 km) ...

3.9/5Good! (609 reviews)

"The hotel has an incredible art selection. The rooms are very nice and clean. The hotel is family-owned and so cozy and warm feeling with very nice people staffing it. I will stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

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Seward Windsong Lodge
Seward Windsong Lodge
3 out of 5
31772 Herman Leirer Road, Seward, AK
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Situated on a river, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Chugach National Forest and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Seward Boat Harbor. Alaska SeaLife Center and Seward Waterfront ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (73 reviews)
Clean hotel near Exit Glacier

"Very clean and spacious motel style property. By Alaska standards, this property is awesome. The location is very near the Exit Glacier hikes and not near the harbor. COVID-19 precautions were generally good at the hotel, but only mediocre at the associated restaurant."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2020

Seward Windsong Lodge
Breeze Inn
Breeze Inn
3 out of 5
303 North Harbor Drive, Seward, AK
The price is $69 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Situated near the bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seward Waterfront Park and Seward Boat Harbor. Alaska SeaLife Center is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

3.7/5Good! (546 reviews)

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Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

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Hotel Seward
Hotel Seward
2.5 out of 5
221 5th Ave, Seward, AK
The price is $69 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28
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Seward Windsong Lodge
Seward Windsong Lodge
3 out of 5
31772 Herman Leirer Road, Seward, AK
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Breeze Inn
Breeze Inn
3 out of 5
303 North Harbor Drive, Seward, AK
The price is $69 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28
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Trailhead Lodging
Trailhead Lodging
3 out of 5
335 THIRD AVE, Seward, AK
The price is $89 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28
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Best Western Plus Edgewater Hotel
Best Western Plus Edgewater Hotel
2.5 out of 5
200 5th Ave, Seward, AK
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Alaska Creekside Cabins
Alaska Creekside Cabins
2 out of 5
11886 Old Exit Glacier Rd, Seward, AK
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Box Canyon Cabins
Box Canyon Cabins
3 out of 5
31515 Lois Way, Seward, AK
The price is $195 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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Murphy's Alaskan Inn
Murphy's Alaskan Inn
2 out of 5
911 Fourth Avenue, Seward, AK
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Twin Peaks Lodge and RV Park
Twin Peaks Lodge and RV Park
2 out of 5
12109 Old Exit Glacier Rd., Seward, AK
The price is $80 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Twin Peaks Lodge and RV Park
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