Seward, Alaska

Sitting at the top head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is an older and very picturesque community. Known as the “Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park,” its population as of 2007 was almost 2740 people.

Visitors can reach Seward by way of the Seward Highway Scenic Byway, the Alaska Railroad, and of course by air and cruise ship.

Seward has a cute downtown area made up of a collection of various shops and small businesses. The busy harbor is a draw for many visitors who enjoy watching the boats come and go. More active visitors might enjoy of a number of Seward’s outdoor offerings including sailing, kayaking, and glacier and wildlife cruises. Kenai Fjords Tours provides full-day boat tours around the fjords, and visitors can get a very close view at local wildlife and the numerous glaciers. Resurrection Bay is another very popular attraction, and visitors will actually sail through the Bay if they take a fjord tour. Even a short tour of Resurrection Bay will guarantee most visitors views of sea lions, whales and seals. For those traveling with children (and even those without!) will definitely enjoy a trip to the Alaska SeaLife Center. Here, you will learn all about Alaska’s wildlife as well as the effect human populations have had on them.

Postcards from the town often feature Mt. Marathon, a 3,000 foot mountain which frames the back side of the town. Just beyond Mt. Marathon lies the Harding Icefield, a gigantic expanse of ice and snow which extends for over 600 square miles.

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