Suggested Itineraries for any Season

There are plenty of reasons to spend a day, a weekend, or a full week in Seward. The midnight sun makes an exciting day trip possible from Anchorage.

Summer Itineraries


Check out the Alaska SeaLife Center, explore historic downtown, hunt for murals painted by local artists, watch the salmon run, take a half-day cruise in Resurrection Bay, enjoy fresh local seafood, or take a few casts from shore. Around Exit Glacier, hit the trails, go on a half-day ice hiking trip, or join a ranger for a nature walk. Other excursions that are doable in a shorter day include half-day kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, flightseeing, dog sledding and kennel tours, guided hiking, and ziplining.


A couple extra days allow you to dive beneath the surface of Seward. A full-day marine wildlife tour will take you deep into Kenai Fjords National Park where you’ll see tidewater glaciers, harbor seals resting on floating ice, impressive rock formations, and countless birds. Reserve one of the state’s public use cabins and overnight in the remote wilderness or charter an overnight cruise to explore the fjords by water. Back in town, explore from Bear Lake to Lowell Point. Find your favorite coffee house, listen to live music at local bars, and dine on delicious Alaska fare from well-known local chefs.


You’ll start to feel like a local after an extended stay. Not only will you fully appreciate the activities listed above with a more relaxed itinerary, you’ll have time for more spectacular forays into the wilderness. Book a multi-day kayak excursion and fall asleep to the sounds of glaciers calving. Stay in a remote cabin or yurt and wake up with the wildlife. Charter a multi-day cruise and explore secret coves. Access parts of the fjords that few get to see while staying in luxurious wilderness lodges. Back in Seward, you’ll have time to explore more trails, try more restaurants, and meet more locals before packing your bags to return home.

Winter Itineraries


Options abound in the winter for a day trip to Seward. Book a behind the scenes tour at the Alaska SeaLife Center, enjoy our trails without the crowds, or take a half-day boat tour of Resurrection Bay. After you’ve built up an appetite, take advantage of a little-known secret: Several chefs showcase their talents with winter specials and creative menus not available in the summer. After lunch, go for a skate on Second Lake, a walk along the waterfront path or head to the sledding hill behind the elementary school. Join a local artist’s “paint and sip” and create your own masterpiece, or wrap up the day with a hot drink and watch the last rays of light disappear over the mountains.


A full weekend in Seward will allow you to explore like a local. Book a cozy cabin or a room with a view (often deeply
discounted). Options abound for winter recreation:lay down first tracks on a heli-ski trip, skate ski on Bear Lake, or crosscountry ski down to Exit Glacier. Or bask in the solitude with a leisurely walk along the waterfront and an indulgent spa treatment. Join us for winter-only activities like community movies with $2 admission, set-menu extravaganzas by award-winning chefs, open mic nights, and organized “Winter Weekends.” Plan ahead to celebrate our signature events with us, from the Seward Music and Arts Festival in the fall to the Polar Bear Jump Festival in January.