Recognized for its scenic, natural, historical and recreational values, the 127-mile Seward Highway holds triple designation: USDA Forest Service Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road.
The first 50 miles of the Seward Highway skirts the base of the Chugach Mountains and the shore of Turnagain Arm, where it's common to see beluga whales, Dall sheep, waterfalls and eagles. The remainder of the drive courses through the mountains, offering dramatic views of wild Alaska.
Portage Glacier. Credit: Jack Stickel, Alaska DOT&PF
Learn about moose eating habits,
the boreal forest, and the Alaska Railroad at
Potter Creek Viewpoint and Trail just south of
Look for bore tides, beluga whales
and the effects of the 1964 9.2 magnitude earthquake
along the road. Hundreds of spruce trees were
killed when the ground dropped and the trees were
standing in salt water.
Check out the picturesque town
of Girdwood or pan for gold at Crow Creek Mine.
Hike a portion of the 23-mile Johnson
Pass Trail, which follows the path of the old
Drive to the historic mining town
of Hope, a beautiful 18-mile side trip from Canyon
Summit Lake gives you a taste of
alpine Alaska where swans rest on their spring
and fall migrations.
Moose Pass and Trail Lakes offer
recreation and flight-seeing opportunities. Visit
the hatchery at Trail Lake.
Once you arrive in Seward, visit
Exit Glacier and see if you can see the glacier
moving - you can't!
Don't miss a bit of the town
of Seward - go fishing, participate in the 4th
of July Mount Marathon Run festivities, take the
Walking Tour and visit the Alaska SeaLife Center.
Polar Bear Jumpoff Festival
Third Saturday in January Seward
Anchorage Fur Rendezvous
Tribe's Scholarship Auction
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Harbor Opening Weekend
Third weekend in May
Tribe hosts Alaska Native Arts & Craft
Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon
Fourth of July celebrations
Girdwood Forest Fair
Alyeska Blueberry & Mountain Arts Festival