Seward is located 2.5 hours south of Anchorage at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. Seward is nestled in front of snow-capped mountains, surrounded by lush Pacific Temperate Rainforest, and initially originated because of its access to the fruitful Pacific Ocean. Close by is the Harding Ice Field, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park and Caines Head State Recreation area. The population of Seward in its 21.5 square mile city limit is 2,600 in addition to another 2,600 people living in the city’s outer lining areas.
Seward experiences a moderate climate with average winter temperatures ranging from 17 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit and average summer temperatures ranging 49 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit. There is around 66 inches on average of rain a year, and 80 inches of snowfall.
Seward is unusual among most small Alaska communities in that it has road access in the Seward Highway from Seward to Anchorage, a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road, which also brings it bus service. Seward is also the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad. This keeps the port busy with freight coming on and off the trains, but also makes Seward a primary end point for north-bound cruise ships. Our canopy adventure is the perfect shore excursion, as cruise ship passengers get off the boats and take the train farther north to Denali or other Alaska attractions. A paved bike path runs from the downtown business district along the waterfront, through the harbor and along the highway. There is also a local airport that has many flight services.
Not only does the community enjoy the beautiful scenic nature Alaska has to offer, but there are numerous visitors who are drawn to Seward for its attractions. The town offers day cruises, kayaking, fishing, abundant marine activities and wildlife and unparalleled recreation such as Ziplining. Seward is world famous for its Mt Marathon Race® held on the Fourth of July, where up to 1000 racers run up the 3022′ mountain and back to town. Seward is an amazing, adventure seeking place to visit because if its endless attractions and activities, visual experiences, and friendly nature oriented community that creates the foundation for a great time in one of Alaska’s many rustic cities.