Road trip! At the head of Resurrection Bay, Seward makes the perfect weekend road trip from Anchorage. If you're from the Pacific Northwest area, you can hop on a flight Friday morning and get up to Seward by dinner time. It's a chance to get out on the water, to get away from the city and to welcome spring in the natural world. Plus, there's great food, lively nightlife and friendly people.
Here's our ultimate 3-day itinerary:
If you live in Anchorage, hit the road! If you're flying in, grab a rental car and do the same. You're in for a treat. The 120-mile drive to Seward follows the historic route that opened the Alaska interior 70 years ago. Give yourself 2.5 hours. And if you need a snack, stop in at The Bake Shop in Girdwood. Make sure your tank is full!
Roll into Seward in time for a late dinner. Check in to your room at the Seward Windsong Lodge and head over to the Resurrection Roadhouse for a feast. Take some time after dinner to stroll along the trail next to the Resurrection River, and to soak up fresh air, tall peaks and thick forests.
Today, you'll spend the day on the water! Grab coffee and a leisurely breakfast at the Roadhouse, then drive five minutes to Seward's charming harbor. Kenai Fjords Tours' Gray Whale Watch Tour departs at noon and you need to check in at 11 AM. That gives you have some time to stroll the harbor. It's one of the top sailing destinations in the United States, plays host to a large array of commercial fishing fleet of all sizes and houses over 100 charters.
When the captains calls you onboard, find a comfortable seat and keep your camera ready. Witness the annual migration of gray whales as they make their 5,000 mile journey from Baja, Mexico to Alaska for summer feeding. Watch for the Bear Glacier in the distance. Lunch is included! When the boat returns to dock, give yourself 30 minutes or so to wander around the harbor, pop into a boutique on 4th Avenue or grab a coffee at Nature's Nectars (1313 4th Ave).
After freshening up at the Windsong Lodge, head back into town for dinner. Ray's Waterfront (1316 4th Ave) has great seafood, including King Crab, overlooking the harbor. The Cookery (209 5th Ave), a humble spot specializing in amazingly-fresh oysters, has plenty of vegetarian options.
Top it off with a night-cap back at Goliath Bar & Grill where you can choose from the massive 16-tap selection of microbrews, including Kenai Fjord Tours' own Puffin Pale Ale.
After an early breakfast, head out to Lowell Point to join the friendly guides from Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking for an unforgettable three-hour paddle on Resurrection Bay. Watch for sea otters and harbor seals who may come up and say 'hello'. Then, grab a quick lunch in town at the Sea Bean Cafe (225 4th Ave.).
Stop for a short half-mile hike at Exit Glacier, Alaska's most accessible glacier. Your mind will be flowing with inspiration! Your legs will be stretched, your soul filled with adventure and your memories ready to last. As you drive north and head home or to the airport, you'll be amazed as how much you can pack into a quick weekend get-away.
We look forward to seeing you in Seward this weekend!