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.

Breeze Inn
Breeze Inn
3 out of 5
303 North Harbor Drive, Seward, AK
The price is $69 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated near the bay, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seward Boat Harbor and Seward Waterfront Park. Seward Museum and Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor ...
3.8/5 Good! (617 reviews)
"Excellent stay."

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2021

Breeze Inn
Hotel Seward
Hotel Seward
2.5 out of 5
221 5th Ave, Seward, AK
The price is $114 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Located in the heart of Seward, this historic hotel is steps from Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward Waterfront Park, and Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. ...
3.9/5 Good! (750 reviews)
"We booked a room with a shared bathroom which was actually quite clean and convenient to use. The hotel got some cool decorations and taxidermies making it a perfect place to stay after a day of wildlife tour in Seward. Highly recommended!"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Hotel Seward
Best Western Plus Edgewater Hotel
Best Western Plus Edgewater Hotel
2.5 out of 5
200 5th Ave, Seward, AK
Situated in Seward, this hotel is steps from Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward Waterfront Park, and Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Seward Museum and ...
3.9/5 Good! (543 reviews)
"The staff was excellent. Lobby was pretty. The rooms could use a little updating but they were clean"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

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Sauerdough Lodging
Sauerdough Lodging
3.5 out of 5
225 4th Avenue, Seward, AK
The price is $89 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
This family-friendly Seward apartment building is located near the airport, just steps from Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center and Seward Waterfront Park. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (170 reviews)
"Very unique place to stay, highly recommend"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Sauerdough Lodging
Nightly Rental Cabin in Seward, AK
Nightly Rental Cabin in Seward, AK
Seward, AK
The price is $99 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
Situated in Seward, this romantic cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chugach National Forest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Seward Boat Harbor and Seward Waterfront Park. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (58 reviews)
Wonderful getaway in the mountains!
"This place was absolutely incredible!! It was so nice to be in a more private area away from town. The view of the river from the back was breathtaking and I had a blast getting to photograph the beautiful river and mountains there! This home had everything we needed and a beautifully designed bathroom. ..."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Nightly Rental Cabin in Seward, AK
"Jack London's Cabin", a Genuine Alaskan Log Cabin built by owners!
"Jack London's Cabin", a Genuine Alaskan Log Cabin built by owners!
Seward, AK
Situated on the waterfront, this cabin is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Chugach National Forest and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Seward Boat Harbor. Seward Waterfront Park and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (57 reviews)
Amazing place in Seward
"Our hosts were wonderfully kind and did everything they could to make sure the cabin was as perfect as it could be. It was beautiful and cozy, and would have made the dream home of someone like Jack London. Yvon and Janet actually designed and built the cabin as well as the restaurant themselves. ..."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

"Jack London's Cabin", a Genuine Alaskan Log Cabin built by owners!
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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