"Seward Highway (Anchorage to Seward)" Top 5 Page for this destination Alaska Travelogue by PA2AKgirl
Alaska Travel Guide: 6,662 reviews and 14,000 photos
Many people travel the Seward. For a short while it takes on an interstate form but most of it is a two lane drive. It leads out of Anchorage, follows the Turnagain Arm leading to the Kenai Peninsula, up the Turnagain Pass and then down to the town of Seward and Resurrection Bay. There are lots of places to hike, areas to view whales, turnoffs to smaller towns and the Portage Valley. This road follows, for the most part, the same route to Seward as the AK Railroad. It's a route taken by fishermen, skiiers, kayakers, hikers, photographers, buses and trucks (among others). If you only have a few days in the Anchorage area, definitely make this drive.
As you head down the Seward through south Anchorage, you first good wildlife opportunity is at Potter Marsh. Lots of birds come through here and there's a boardwalk to view salmon and the marsh. Right after that, there's a place called Potter Creek Viewpoint where there's a sign talking about moose in your own backyard. One of the days we drove by, 2 moose were right there behind the sign. You can see moose anywhere along the Seward, though. I've lost count of how many we've seen on this road
If you don't have much time to take a longer trail, it's nice to sit by the water even if it's just for a short while. McHugh Creek has a huge parking area right off the highway. Take a short walk to the creek and you'd never know you're along one of Alaska's major roads.
The portion of the road from Anchorage to the beginning of the Kenai Peninsula is flat but subject to avalanches, rockslides and flooding. Also, this area is extremely windy a lot of the time.
Along the way, there are constant wildlife opportunities. Sheep in the cliffs, bears along the rivers and streams, eagles near the water and moose everywhere. Because there are plenty of bears here, signs warn you about hiking and camping in "bear country" and where you're likely to encounter them
The pass can be a bit difficult...this area gets so much snow. Long after Anchorage and Seward's snow melts, the pass will still have something like 80". Even when there's no snow, it may be rainy or foggy up here. But when it's a nice day, it's incredible. People come here to snowmobile/snowmachine, ski, hike, look for wildlife or camp.
The snow has to go somewhere...in this case it's piled up against a sign. One that may be important, who knows?
And finally you reach Seward. There's a ton of stuff to do down here. Check out my Seward page for more information.
More Travelogues (4)
Written Aug 31, 2007
Along Denali Highway (Paxson to Cantwell)
Written Aug 31, 2007
Glenn Highway (Anchorage to Glennallen)
Written Aug 31, 2007
Parks Highway (Wasilla to Fairbanks)
Written Jul 26, 2007
Richardson Highway (Fairbanks to Valdez)
- See All Sled Dog Demonstration at Denali
- See All Hiking
- See All At the end of the pavement
- See All So cute and so burly:)
- See All Hatcher Pass/Independence Mine
- See All Roadhouses
- See All Tough exterior, kind interior
- See All Ugh, Whittier
- Local Bars
- Lots of stuff...
- See All another flying option
- to the arctic circle and beyond
- It could be the perfect souvenir
Been to Alaska?Share your travels with the world!
PA2AKgirl's Related Pages
Alaska Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "The Land of the Midnight Sun"
- "Alaska--my home for now (again)"
- "Alaska, up north and far away"
- "Train Ride Through Alaska's Interior"
- "The Last Great Frontier"
- "Alaska, land of beauty"
- "Alaska, America's Crown Jewel"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Alaska
- Hotels in Alaska
- Transportation in Alaska
- Nightlife in Alaska
- Restaurants in Alaska
- Shopping in Alaska
- Warnings and Dangers in Alaska
- See All...
Explore the World
Badges & Stats in Alaska
- 169 Reviews
- 296 Photos
- 4 Forum posts
- 4 Cities
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (18)
Have you been to Alaska?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Alaska
- Wrote a Review Sled Dog Demonstration at Denali in Alaska Tourist Traps
- Uploaded a Photo to "Sled Dog Demonstration at Denali"
- Commented on one of kazander's Alaska travel pages
- updated a Alaska Travelogue "Glenn Highway (Anchorage to Glennallen)"
- Posted in Travel Alaska Forum "Re: Exit Glacier Trail in Late May?"
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Alaska Intro, 64 reviews, 136 photos, 5 travelogues
- United States of America Intro, 52 reviews, 87 photos, 4 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Sitka Intro, 43 reviews, 49 photos, 2 travelogues
- Lewisburg Intro, 34 reviews, 54 photos, 3 travelogues
- Turkey Intro, 30 reviews, 53 photos, 2 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Anchorage Intro, 29 reviews, 52 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Mobile Intro, 37 reviews, 44 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Gettysburg Intro, 28 reviews, 38 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Halifax Intro, 24 reviews, 35 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Brooklyn Intro, 23 reviews, 35 photos, 2 travelogues
FriendsSee All Friends (66)
Top Alaska hotels
- Anchorage Hotels
- 818 Reviews - 1480 Photos
- Seward Hotels
- 201 Reviews - 484 Photos
- Denali National Park and Preserve Hotels
- 321 Reviews - 596 Photos
- Fairbanks Hotels
- 315 Reviews - 496 Photos
- Barrow Hotels
- 93 Reviews - 142 Photos
- Juneau Hotels
- 357 Reviews - 869 Photos
- Dutch Harbor Hotels
- 80 Reviews - 118 Photos
- Sitka Hotels
- 174 Reviews - 278 Photos
- Ketchikan Hotels
- 221 Reviews - 533 Photos
- Valdez Hotels
- 80 Reviews - 182 Photos
- Homer Hotels
- 148 Reviews - 367 Photos
- Skagway Hotels
- 158 Reviews - 459 Photos
- Kenai Hotels
- 103 Reviews - 240 Photos
- Tetlin Junction Hotels
- See nearby hotels
- Nome Hotels
- 64 Reviews - 96 Photos