Seward, AK

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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

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Questa Woods

Though Questa Woods might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Seward Boat Harbor and Seward Waterfront Park.

Questa Woods
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Old Mill

5/5(3 area reviews)

While visiting Old Mill, you might make a stop by sights like Seward Boat Harbor and Seward Waterfront Park.

Old Mill
Breeze Inn
Breeze Inn
3 out of 5
303 North Harbor Drive, Seward, AK
The price is $229 per night from May 24 to May 25
$229
$254 total
includes taxes & fees
May 24 - May 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Seward. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast (surcharge). Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
7.8/10 Good! (975 reviews)
"Staff very friendly and helpful. Close to everything. Town has free shuttle as well as there is a free shuttle provided by hotel. Beautiful landscape. Hotel restaurant very good. Great coffee."

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

Breeze Inn
Hotel Seward
Hotel Seward
2.5 out of 5
221 5th Ave, Seward, AK
The price is $125 per night from May 22 to May 23
$125
$139 total
includes taxes & fees
May 22 - May 23
Book a stay at this historic hotel in Seward. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
7.8/10 Good! (996 reviews)
"Clean neat and very friendly staff. They made our stay great. Shuttle service was great!!"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Hotel Seward
Spruce Lodge
Spruce Lodge
3.5 out of 5
31851 Herman Leirer Rd, Seward, AK
The price is $169 per night from May 21 to May 22
$169
$175 total
includes taxes & fees
May 21 - May 22
Stay at this 3.5-star lodge in Seward. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast (surcharge). Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
9/10 Wonderful! (280 reviews)
"Just excellent. The owners went way above board to see that our every need was met."

Reviewed on May 10, 2024

Spruce Lodge
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Alaska Creekside Cabins
Alaska Creekside Cabins
2 out of 5
11886 Old Exit Glacier Rd, Seward, AK
Stay at this cabin in Seward. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a picnic area. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions Seward ...
9.4/10 Exceptional! (470 reviews)
"Clean and very nice"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2023

Alaska Creekside Cabins
The Fox Den!  Beautiful Remote Ocean Front Cabin On Resurrection Bay!
The Fox Den! Beautiful Remote Ocean Front Cabin On Resurrection Bay!
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Stay at this cabin in Seward. Enjoy patios and an in-room coffeemaker. Popular attractions Thumb Cove State Marine Park and Safety Cove State Marine Park are ...
9.8/10 Exceptional! (39 reviews)
Be ready for a steep hike!
"The cabin is lovely, very clean and well maintained. All as described. However, you should be prepared for a few things! Boat drop off is a little hairy - if waves are high the water taxi will drop you very quickly (grab your stuff and run off the boat!) or may even decline to drop you on the little ..."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2023

The Fox Den! Beautiful Remote Ocean Front Cabin On Resurrection Bay!
Brown and Hawkins Historical Apartments
Brown and Hawkins Historical Apartments
3 out of 5
209 Fourth Avenue, Seward, AK
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Seward. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Seward Boat Harbor and Chugach Heritage Center ...
7.8/10 Good! (68 reviews)
"It was so clean and quaint!! Like a step back in history.... we will absolutely stay again."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Brown and Hawkins Historical Apartments<