Going to Seward for a week


We’re taking a family vacation to Seward in a week or so. We’re planning on doing some fishing and taking a boat tour, but I’m wondering if there’s anything else that we should do.


Any other “must see” sites? Any places for great photos?


I am going to laze around part of the time, but if I do that too much, the trip might turn into a folly


Comments (6)

  1. Haacked says:

    Hike up "Mt. Marathon".  It’s so named for a race they have every year in which the participants start in the city and run up and down the mountain.

    Don’t worry, it’s not Marathon length.  Going down is a lot of fast, furious, and fun because of the shale, though be careful.

  2. Josh Blair says:

    Eric, checkout <a href="http://www.nps.gov/kefj/trip_planning/What%20to%20see%20and%20do/Exit%20Glacier.htm">Exit Glacier</a> too.  It’s not far from Seward and worth the short drive.  Also, if you get a bit of weather, checkout the <a href="http://www.alaskasealife.org/">Alaska Sealife Center</a>.  Have a great trip.

  3. Isaac says:

    Go eat at <a href="http://www.lebarnappetit.com/aboutus.html">Le Barn Appetite</a>.  Don’t be put off by the appearance.  

  4. Darren Oakey says:

    we enjoyed looking the at the Portage glacier – and the drive to Whittier is a certainly an experience…. but get on the water and see the glacier’s calving, the otters and all the orcas – that was our highlight of the Seward area.  The sealife centre we thought wasn’t very exciting.    The Exit glacier is great, but the fun police stop you getting close to it – went on about safety or something – I didn’t really understand 🙂

    and take _lots_ of bug spray.

  5. Jim Holmes says:

    I lived up in Anchorage for a bunch of years and spent a bit of time down in Seward.  +1 for the Sealife center.  That’s a great place to visit.  Portage glacier’s OK, but it’s receeded so far that there’s not really a lot to see, IMO.  Exit glacier’s a great hike, as is Mt Marathon.  There are a number of other great hikes in the area too — Lost Lake, just up the road a bit north from Seward, is a very good one, as is Ptarmigan Lake.

    That’s a seriously great corner of our land to go visit.  Have a great time!

  6. Jim Holmes says:

    Forgot a good one.  If you’re looking for a great day trip, you can drive up north to Wasilla, then head off to the Independence Mine.  It’s an amazing place in some seriously beautiful, rugged mountains.  The drive west from there through Hatcher Pass is absolutely glorious, and you can just make a loop back to Wasilla then on to Seward once you hit the Denali highway.

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