Seward, AK

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Seward featuring general coastal views, boating and sailing
Explore the dynamic harbor in this historic town that is the Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and its snow-capped mountains and lakes.

Seward is a city in southern Alaska surrounded by mesmerizing glaciers, fjords and forests. The region is a base for hikers and nature lovers. Wrap up warm for your adventure into the snowy wilderness in this serene and picturesque region.

Wander around the harbor to get a sense of local life among one of the United States’ most lucrative fishery industries. Capture photos of your favorite boats with a backdrop of snowy peaks and the water.

To the south of the harbor is Alaska SeaLife Center, containing tanks of vibrant marine life. Go to the seabird section for its puffins and murres. A few blocks east is Seward Museum, which holds exhibits about the lives of early settlers.

Many vacationers visit Seward as a base for exploration of the Alaskan outback. Ride a boat to the Kenai Fjords National Park. Spot a great range of wildlife, with mountain goats, seabirds and orca pods. See the rugged coastline and white peaks on a cruise with one of the operators in the town. Hike through the park to encounter streams of salmon, waterfalls and glaciers.

Take the boat into Resurrection Bay to see Bear Glacier for its icebergs and rugged coastline. Move into Aialik Bay to marvel at the wall of blue ice of Holgate Glacier. See extraordinary wildlife, such as seals, eagles, sea lions and whales. On the eastern side of the park is Godwin Glacier, where you can take dog sled tours.

The weather in this region is fairly wet and cold year-round. Expect temperatures far below freezing with high levels of snow in winter. Summers are mild to cool, ideal for a brisk hike.

The town is the Mile 0 of the iconic Iditarod Trail that crosses several mountain ranges and played a role in the gold rush of the early 1900s.

Seward is on the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the southern section of Alaska. From Anchorage, it’s a 2- to 3-hour drive south through Moose Pass and Primrose.

With glaciers, waterfalls and diverse wildlife, Seward is an icy wonderland in the corner of the world.

Where to stay in Seward

Breeze Inn
Breeze Inn
3 out of 5
303 North Harbor Drive, Seward, AK, 99664
The price is $81 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$81
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Seward. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (708 reviews)
"Property is clean and very convenient to all the tours in town and restaurants and great friendly staff"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Breeze Inn
Spruce Lodge
Spruce Lodge
3.5 out of 5
31851 Herman Leirer Rd, Seward, AK, 99664
The price is $867 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
$867
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
Stay at this 3.5-star lodge in Seward. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (182 reviews)
"Liked beautiful mountain view and that it was on outskirts of town."

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

Spruce Lodge
Safari Lodge
Safari Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1210 4th Ave, Seward, AK, 99664
Stay at this lodge in Seward. Enjoy free parking, 7 restaurants, and a marina. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions Seward ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (175 reviews)
"The view from the shared balcony outside the room is beautiful"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2022

Safari Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sauerdough Lodging
Sauerdough Lodging
3.5 out of 5
225 4th Avenue, Seward, AK, 99664
Stay at this 3.5-star historic apartment in Seward. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the property condition ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (191 reviews)
"Really beautiful little apartment. Sourdough lodging was responsive. Would recommend."

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2022

Sauerdough Lodging
Fisherman’s Get Away
Fisherman’s Get Away
Seward, AK
Stay at this apartment in Seward. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Seward Boat Harbor and Seward Waterfront Park are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Cozy, peaceful home
"Beautiful, clean, updated home. Very quiet & well decorated - loved the steam shower:). Host was quick to respond to questions. One of the best VRBO experiences we’ve had."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Fisherman’s Get Away
Renfro's Lakeside Retreat - Cabin's and R.V. Park
Renfro's Lakeside Retreat - Cabin's and R.V. Park
3 out of 5
27177 Seward Hwy., Seward, AK, 99664
Stay at this 3-star beach cabin in Seward. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the bathrooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (74 reviews)
Charming cabin and location
"Great place to launch hikes, visits to downtown Seward and fjord/whale tours from. Lovely view of the lake from the kitchen and loft. It was so quiet and tranquil. A perfect place for a couple's or family getaway. The cabin was well stocked and had a modern interior. The host was very communicative ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Renfro's Lakeside Retreat - Cabin's and R.V. Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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