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Looking for stuff to do in Seward - Sept 11-12

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Looking for stuff to do in Seward - Sept 11-12

Driving from Whittier (PWS cruise) on the evening of the 10th. Will probably arrive in Seward around 8:30 or 9pm.

So far found a BnB (A Swan Nest Inn) that seems reasonable. Thinking of staying in Seward for Sat and Sun night. Flight out is Monday 5pm of ANC...so would probably drive back around noon or so on Monday.

So far from reading the forums here, sounds like our to-do list includes:

- Exit Glacier - probably short hike - maybe half day?

- Alaska Sea Life center - maybe the other half day - or do it on the monday morning for half day - if that is enough time.

Not sure what else we can squeeze in this time....going to see the glaciers in Prince William Sound on the Sat cruise; would like to see some wildlife or other stuff in the Seward area.

Also heard that the Alyeska resort (in Girdwood)? is a cool place...and you can ride up top of the mountain....is this worth doing? Maybe we do that Monday morning on the way back to Ankorage?

Any thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks much!!

John

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1. Re: Looking for stuff to do in Seward - Sept 11-12

The drive to Seward is absolutely breathtaking. You can see pictures and read my trip report on my web site... www.shellistravel.com. Anyhow, in Seward, drive down past Miller's Landing...all the way to the end of the road. There is a great beach with a view to die for...very nice area. The drive out to Cooper Landing is worth it is you can spare the time. Enjoy!

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2. Re: Looking for stuff to do in Seward - Sept 11-12

There's great opportunities for sea kayking out of Seward as well as fishing. If you take a wildlife cruise think twice if the weather is bad because you'll often see nothing. I would recommend seeing about tours out to Fox Island, it's a nice wilderness area with a lodge for lunch and they do sea kayaking there as well (day trips out and back). Just do a search online for Seward Fox Island. You can visit Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey's racing kennel and see a dog mushing show which is fun since it's a truly authentic part of Alaska. Exit Glacier is definitely enjoyable.

At Alyeska Ski Resort you can ride a tram up the mountain for mountain views. It depends on what you want to see and where your from if this will be worthwhile. However, it's not far out of the way and once you arrive you'll probably be able to tell if it's something you'll want to do. There's also a gold mining area out of Girdwood that's supposed to be interesting. We haven't been there, but it sounds like fun. If you talked to anyone in Girdwood they could point you in the right direction. But I would recommend if you want something more active, I have friends that run a large glacier viewing and rock climbing service through the Alyeska Resort. Just call the resort and ask about glacier viewing or rock climbing through The Ascening Path.

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3. Re: Looking for stuff to do in Seward - Sept 11-12

thanks guys for your responses....been offline for a few days. Two weeks till travel...looking forward to AK

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4. Re: Looking for stuff to do in Seward - Sept 11-12

Hello,

The ride up the Alyeska Prince Tram is great if the weather is good but if it's cloudy it may not be worth while.

If you go to Girdwood, stop at the Bake Shop and have lunch and/or maybe the Double Musky for dinner (if you like Cajun food). There is a bunch of trials around Girdwood, kind of near the Prince that you could spend hours hiking on. There are maps of the trails available at the Forest Service office on Alyeska Highway on the road in to Girdwood.

Seward is great and there are plenty of great hikes there too. If you want more information on hiking in Alaska buy 55 Ways to the Alaska to the Wilderness in South Central Alaska. You can buy it in Anchorage at the Title Wave or over the net a Barnes and Noble.

Enjoy your trip!!

Ken

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5. Re: Looking for stuff to do in Seward - Sept 11-12

There is lots to do in Seward. A Kenai Fjords tour at least 6hrs is a must as this is one of the most popular tours in Alaska for seeing marine wildlife, sea birds, puffins, whales. Exit Glacier will not take half a day, more like two hours. Seavey Family Ididarod kennel tour and ride is nice.

Do NOT wait until noon to leave for Anc. First off, you want to be at airport with car turned in at least 2 hrs before your flt time. Second, there could be lots of traffic or road construction on this hwy. Third, there is lots to see along the way. Look for sheep/goats along the cliffs, Portage Glacier for a few photos and potty stop, and Potter Marsh for more birds. Allow at least 4-5 hrs for this 125 mile trip.

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6. Re: Looking for stuff to do in Seward - Sept 11-12

We recently stayed at Swan's Nest Inn -- it's plain but comfortable and conveniently located (2 blocks from the Sealife Center, within walking distance to harbor). Helpful owner. You should be aware that the bathrooms are located down the hall. Our room did have a sink. There's a loft accessible by ladder (narrow rungs) with two single bed mattresses on the floor, which our boys thought was fun.

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7. Re: Looking for stuff to do in Seward - Sept 11-12

Three musts in Seward:

Exit Glacier and Harding Ice Field (half to full day)

Alaska Sealife Center (a few hours)

Wildlife or Kenifjords cruise tour (a few hours to up to six hours) this is a great way to see wildlife. I saw two black bears, humpback whales, seals, puffins and aluets(sp?) and sea otters.

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8. Re: Looking for stuff to do in Seward - Sept 11-12

Just got back from AK, spent 2 days in Seward and had an awesome time! We wished we had more time, as we didn't make it to the Sea Life center. Here's our experience:

Day 1: We did the short hike around the base of Exit Glacier (less than a mile hike, although you could make it longer if you hiked out on to the glacier wash area, which the park recommends against, but people do any way). We also hiked all the way up to the harding ice field. This is a pretty strenous 7 - 8 mile round trip hike (climbs about 3,000 feet) and took us about 6 hours with snack breaks and lots and lots of picture breaks. The longer hike is completely worth it because you can see the entire 700 square foot ice field and can walk around the edge of the ice field if you are feeling adventerous. We say marmots, mountain goats, and harriers and a bunch of other people on the trail saw a black bear (from a distance). Trail is well marked.

Day 2: We took an all day lunch/dinner cruise into the park with Major Marine Tours. This tour group's claim to fame is that they are the only group to have an actual park ranger on their boats and we really enjoyed hearing all of her knowledge of the animals and the park. The amount of wildlife we say was incredible with orcas, humpbacks, otters, sea-lions, puffins, and incredible numbers of shore birds (gulls, cormorants, auks, mures, etc). Although the cruise was around 8 hours, time flew by looking at the glaciers and wildlife.