Nestled along the shore of Resurrection Bay and within a boat ride of the magical coastline of Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward is one of our favorite Alaska destinations. We cover everything from how to get there, to what to do while you're there, in the FAQs below. Please contact us online or call us at 800-208-0200 if you have questions you don't see answered here.
The Park Connection Motorcoach departs Seward from the Small Boat Harbor at 6:30 PM daily, allowing you ample time between most boat cruise returns and the bus departure. The Alaska Railroad departs at 6:00 PM from the Seward Depot. Guests returning from earlier departing cruises generally have time to reach the depot for this departure. The 11:30 AM Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise fits well with either departure.
Seward it on the bank of Resurrection Bay on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Please follow the links below for all the details on traveling from Seward.
How to Get from Seward to Anchorage
How to Get from Seward to Denali Park
To see travel times by train, motorcoach, and car from Seward, please follow these links:
Travel Times from Seward to Anchorage
Travel Times from Seward to Denali Park
You should spend at least two nights in Seward. This gives you time for travel, and one full day to spend on a cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park, one of Seward's must-do activities.
With its proximity to the rich marine ecosystem of Resurrection Bay and the Gulf of Alaska, Seward is an excellent place to go fishing. Check out our Seward fishing page for more details.
The best hotels in Seward provide easy access to the area's many activities along with welcoming staff and comfy accommodations. You can see all Seward hotels that we work with here.
Since Seward sits on the bank of Resurrection Bay with easy access to rich marine ecosystems and beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park, taking a day cruise is one of the best things to do while visiting. Please visit our Seward things to do page for a full list of cruises plus more incredible experiences in the area.
Seward is a small town and easy to explore by foot. To get around quicker, you should check with your hotel to see if they offer a shuttle service. If they don't, there are a couple taxi companies in Seward as well as a complimentary Seward City Shuttle during the summer.
The best way to see Kenai Fjords National Park is by day cruise from Seward. Cruises range from five to eight or more hours and treat passengers to distant bays, tidewater glaciers, and marine wildlife. You can also see the park on a guided kayaking tour.
Prince William Sound is more well known for the number of glaciers you will see, whereas Kenai Fjords National Park is more well known for its marine wildlife.
In Seward, enjoying fresh seafood is a must. Both Ray's Waterfront and Chinooks, which are located in the middle of the Small Boat Harbor, dish up dependably delicious meals that showcase fresh catches of the day. In downtown, the Cookery specializes in oysters. If you prefer turf over surf, check out the Seward Brewing Company.
Want to know where to find some of the best cheesecake in Alaska? Read more about that and our other recommended Seward restaurants here.
In Kenai Fjords National Park, it is possible to see humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, seals, sea lions, otters, and a variety of seabirds including puffins.