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About Seward

Mount Marathon provides a stunning background for the town. To the south, huge glaciers flow into Resurrection Bay from Harding Icefield (one of only four remaining in the United States). Major events in the history of the town include Japanese invasion during World War II and the 1964 earthquake.
Seward is a picturesque, historic fishing port located 203km (126 miles) south of Anchorage at the head of the Kenai Peninsula and known as the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Sightseeing:

Cruise boats pass many spectacular sights on their way to port including glaciers, sea lions and puffins sheltering in rookeries. Seward is an excellent base to explore sports fishing, glacier and wildlife cruises, sailing, hiking, kayaking, flight seeing and summer dog sled rides. The highlight of many people’s visit to Seward, however, is the opportunity to see orca and humpback whales.

Highlights

• Alaska SeaLife Center (www.alaskasealife.org)
• Kenaii Fjords National Park – Exit Glacier (www.nps.gov/kefj)
• Resurrection Bay Historical Society Museum (www.resbayhistorical.org)
• Seward Museum (www.sewardhouse.org)

Tourist information:

Seward Tourist Office
2001 Seward Highway, Seward, AK 99664, USA
Tel: +1 90722 48051.
Website: www.seward.com

Shopping introduction:

Locally-owned shops feature regional artists’ wares such as gold nugget and beaded jewellery; glass-blown items; pottery; hand-painted silks; professional photographs; and oil and pastel paintings highlighting Seward-area views. Native sea-oil candles, beaded mittens, fur mukluks (boots) and miniature hand-carved totem poles are also popular souvenirs.

Restaurants:

Salmon, halibut and crab are popular menu items. Clam chowder is another favourite. Alaskan delicacies include smoked salmon, wild berry products and reindeer sausage.

When to go:

May through September is the most popular time to visit.

Nearest destination:

Seward.

Transfer distance:

0.8km (0.5 miles).

Transfer time:

5 minutes.